As a specialist in Autism research, Dr. Simon Bignell works as a senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby; a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society; and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
There is a great need for further understanding of autism. A recent study by the National Autistic Society (NAS) showed that while the vast majority of people have heard of autism, very few show a detailed understanding of it. One of the reasons that autism is sometimes misunderstood is that the overall expression of the characteristics of autism, in all its forms, can differ considerably. Children diagnosed with autism, even if they are the same age, may look very different from each other in the manifestation of behaviours.
This course, aimed at individuals with a close relationship to those who encounter different manifestations of autism, is a practical guide to recognising, identifying and responding to this spectrum of behaviours.
Real life case studies, filmed and written, allow course participants to observe and learn to interpret behaviour as well as formulate suggestions for interventions with the ultimate goal of reducing challenges through lessening disruptive behaviour and nurturing a degree of independence.
This course has been designed in conjunction with our alternative Autism Spectrum: Directions for Education Professionals course. Both of the courses cover the same concepts and principles surrounding the autism spectrum, and students should only study this course once.
Who is the Autism Spectrum: Directions for Parents course for?
Though open to anyone, this short course is ideally suited to individuals with a close relationship to those diagnosed with autism who would like to improve their ability to recognise, identify and respond to Autistic behaviour. In particular, this course would be suited to:
- Parents of children with diagnosed autism
- Family members of those diagnosed with autism
- Guardians of those diagnosed with autism
- Childminders responsible of those diagnosed with autism
Gain a Certificate and digital badges to recognise your achievement
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a E-Certificate of Completion from the University of Derby to recognise your achievement and your commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), allowing you to provide evidence to a professional body or to your employer or simply for inclusion in your personal development portfolio.
You will also gain a digital badge for each unit that you complete, recognising your efforts for each stage of the course.
Whilst this course does not lead to University credits, it can be used to evidence your CPD and experiential learning.
During the Autism Spectrum: Directions for Parents course, you can expect to:
By the end of this course, you should be able to recognise the experiences of people on the autism spectrum.
You will be able to identify the support needs of children and adults with autism, who are in your care.
You will be able to respond to the changing support needs of people in your care, on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.
A flexible course that fits in with working and family life
This learner led course is open for continuous enrolment, which means it can be studied at any time and delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your studies around work and family commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.