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

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.

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Course units

The course is made up of 5 units, each will require approximately 3 hours of study.

Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

This unit provides an overview of what autism really is. You will begin to explore the wide array of behaviours associated with autism and start to recognise these behaviours. As part of the course activity you will reflect on the individuality of autism and describe how you define autism through your ePortfolio.

Building on the areas explore in Unit 1, Unit 2 looks at autism in combination with other diagnoses: comorbidity. You will explore 5 behavioural themes with a specific focus on the communication theme. Using case studies you will add new perspectives and diversity to the definition of autism and how we can interact with it.

During the third unit you will focus on the individual with autism regarding their internal and external context, considering factors such as age groups, gender and socio-economic factors. Professor Simon Bignell will discuss the impact these factors have on potential interventions.

Unit 4 uncovers different intervention strategies and highlights their strengths and weaknesses. Previous activities throughout the course will enable you to link possible interventions to behaviours.

The last unit allows you to discover what help is available to you as a parent or carer. You will be able to find help and guidance in how to choose the right solutions for your child.