Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that is usually first diagnosed in childhood and affects people to varying degrees of severity in many ways across all areas of life. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. A person with autism typically has difficulty communicating and interacting with other people and may have characteristically repetitive patterns of behaviour and specialist or narrow areas of interests or activities.

Autism can be thought of as a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioural challenges, rather than as a single condition. In this sense, autism can be extremely challenging to identify accurately. Key areas of difference in autistic people are how a person interacts socially, their sensory processing difficulties, their information processing (thinking), and their communication. Each of these considerations can differ greatly between people with a diagnosis.

This course aims to equip participants with the latest insights of autism, train observation skills, and present methods for observing behaviours that have been practiced in a school rated outstanding by Ofsted.

This professional development course will provide you with:

  • Case studies and knowledge to help you observe behaviours associated with the autism spectrum.
  • Examples of a spectrum of behaviours associated with autism and possible strategies to help you identify the support needs of people on the autism spectrum.
  • A fundamental introduction to the different ways autism displays, allowing you to understand knowledge and enable you to respond to the changing support needs of people on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.

Learning and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

  • Engaging in case studies showcasing behaviours on the autism spectrum
  • Viewing a variety of exemplary intervention strategies
  • Using 5 behavioural themes that you can apply to identify challenging behaviours
  • Creating awareness of how other conditions impact on how autism displays in behaviour
  • Establishing the wider network of support and training available to you

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve the learning objectives that have been outlined in the course.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed Unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

How to enrol for the Autism Spectrum: Directions for Parents course?

All of our short online courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course requirements:

The course is widely available for anyone to take part regardless of age, location, level of education or professional work experience.

You will, however, need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic device. You will also need a valid email address to register on the online learning platform in order to take part in the course.

You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions, which will be available when you enrol, before you start the course.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.