This free online short course is designed to help you learn more about autism, Asperger's and ADHD, their differences and the importance of understanding the classification, assessment and diagnosis.
In this course you will consider the often fine lines between autism, Asperger’s and the subtypes of ADHD, as well as explore your own perceptions and assumptions of autism and ADHD along with commonly-held assumptions of classification and assessment.
Who is this course for?
ADHD is one of the most common childhood conditions and it can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. ADHD is thought to affect between 3-9% of school age children and young people in the UK (NICE, 2013).
Likewise, around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism in the UK alone (National Autism Society, 2016).
The exact cause of both autism and ADHD is poorly understood, and there is currently no known cure although much can be done to support people with these conditions.
The course is designed to help raise awareness and encourage communication and education about these issues in the community and amongst professionals and stakeholders within health and social care settings.
This course will:
- Help you learn to demonstrate critical competence in communication, compassion and empathy
- Help you to defend independence and promote a person-centric approach to the understanding of both autism and ADHD
- Help you learn how to compare, contrast and critique differences between assessment, diagnosis and treatment practices in the UK and internationally
Endorsed by the ADHD Foundation
This course is endorsed by the ADHD Foundation. To learn more about the ADHD Foundation, visit the ADHD Foundation website.
This massive open online course does not hold any credits and cannot be used as a top-up for your University credits.
Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Mozilla open badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit, so you can add them to your CV or education portfolio.
If you are interested in exploring what else the University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.
We are proud that our online course has been recognised by the ADHD Foundation.
High quality free online learning experience
In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.
An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office
We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.
This massive open online course is equivalent to level 6 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), however it does not hold any credits and can not be used as a top up for your University credits.
Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.
Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.
If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.
The course is made up of 6 units, each will require approximately 3 hours of study.
Unit 1 - ADHD and hyperkinetic disorder
In this unit we will look at the main symptoms, subtypes and diagnostic criteria relating to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and hyperkinetic disorder.
Unit 2 - Autism spectrum disorder
This unit will cover an overview of autism and Asperger’s, as they are defined in diagnostic manuals. It will also cover the symptoms, prevalence, assessment and diagnosis of autism and how it differs from Asperger’s.
Unit 5 - Comorbidity
We will explore the main issues surrounding comorbidity in ADHD and autism. We will also examine, if ADHD and autism are really that different and what an overlap of symptoms might suggest.
Unit 6 - Treatment
We will look at the main issues surrounding treatment for autism and ADHD. We will focus on medication, behavioural interventions other treatments and problems with treatment as well as parent advocacy groups and prognosis amongst others.
A flexible course that fits in with working and family life
You will receive a valuable insight into the lives of both: those providing care, and individuals diagnosed with these challenging conditions, as well as receive an opportunity to get involved in global discussions related to many aspects of autism, Asperger’s and ADHD.
This free short online course will encourage you to challenge your own definitions and perceptions of autism and ADHD. You will get an opportunity to examine several key themes around both autism and ADHD in order to obtain skills to help people with these conditions.
The course is ideal for families of those diagnosed with autism or ADHD and those working or seeking a career in education and health and social care industries.
How to enrol
All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.
The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.
However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.
You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.
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