Course description

Understanding Autism

This module provides perspectives from people on the autism spectrum about how autism is defined and experienced. The module will enable learners to recognise the strengths and challenges experienced by many autistic people and how to respond to create enabling environments.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

• outline how autism has come to be defined and diagnosed
• describe common difficulties often faced by people with autism
• describe some of the strengths and unique attributes of people with autism
• challenge common stereotypes about people on the autism spectrum
• recognise how to make environments more enabling for people on the autism spectrum.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

• pre and post course assessments
• short film clips
• exercises and scenario based learning
• reflective activities
• printable information sheets
• top tips to take away
• further links and references.

Autism & Communication

This module explores how to recognise communication differences for autistic people and what factors impact upon successful communication. This will allow learners to respond to communication differences to effectively support people on the autism spectrum.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

• describe and discuss language and communication use and reflect on your own communication style
• understand variations in use of language and communication in autism
• identify factors that can impact on (successful) communication
• recognise and respond to the natural communication preferences of people on the autism spectrum.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

• pre and post course assessments
• short film clips
• exercises and scenario based learning
• reflective activities
• printable information sheets
• top tips to take away
• further links and references.

Autism & sensory experience

This introductory module explores how people respond to information from the senses and how this can be experienced differently by autistic people. Learners will be better able to recognise the impact of these differences for autistic people and how to respond to sensory needs to provide effective support.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

• describe and discuss how people process sensory information and how to identify your own sensory preferences
• understand differences in how people on the autism spectrum experience and process sensory information
• identify the impact of sensory differences on every day life for people on the autism spectrum
• recognise and respond to sensory needs of people on the autism spectrum.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

• pre and post course assessments 
• short film clips 
• exercises and scenario based learning 
• reflective activities 
• printable information sheets 
• top tips to take away 
• further links and references.

Autism, Stress & Anxiety

This introductory module explores the differences in how autistic people experience stress and anxiety. Learners will explore the factors that impact on stress and anxiety, in order to provide effective support to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on autistic people.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

• describe and discuss stress and anxiety as bodily and mental processes and reflect on how stress and anxiety can affect you
• understand differences in how stress and anxiety are experienced by autistic people
• identify factors that can impact on the stress and anxiety experienced by autistic people
• recognise how to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on autistic people.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

• pre and post course assessments 
• short film clips 
• exercises and scenario based learning 
• reflective activities 
• printable information sheets 
• top tips to take away 
• further links and references.

Autism: supporting families

This module explores providing support for people on the autism spectrum and their families.  Learners will discover the experiences of families, consider common difficulties and acquire effective approaches for support.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • recognise the experiences of families that include members on the autism spectrum
  • identify the support needs of families that include members on the autism spectrum
  • respond to the changing support needs of families that include members on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

  • pre and post course assessments
  • short film clips
  • exercises and scenario based learning
  • reflective activities
  • printable information sheets
  • top tips to take away
  • further links and references.

Autism, sport and physical activity mod

Developed as part of the Active for autism project, this online module has been created by people who are on the autism spectrum and represents the 'autistic voice'.

Recognising and understanding the key areas of difficulty experienced by both the participants and the session leaders is vital to providing effective support.  

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • describe in basic terms what is meant by autism
  • understand common difficulties faced by autistic people
  • identify factors that can impact on how sport and physical activity is delivered and coached
  • identify factors that can impact on an autistic person’s experience of sport and physical activity
  • recognise and respond to the needs autistic people have while engaging in sport and physical activity environments.

The module should take between 40-90 minutes to complete and has a range of interactive features, including:

  • pre- and post-course assessments 
  • short film clips 
  • exercises and scenario-based learning 
  • reflective activities 
  • printable information sheets 
  • top tips to take away 
  • further links and references.

Autism and the police service

There have been a number of cases over the years of people with autism being wrongly arrested or approached by the police due to their 'unusual and stereotyped behaviour'.
 
Our new 'Autism and the police service' module aims to make the police more aware of autism spectrum disorders and give them a better understanding of autism and ways in which they can offer support to individuals on the spectrum.

Difficulties may arise at any stage of communication between the police and someone on the autism spectrum, from the initial approach on the street to the interview process, whether that be as a suspect or as a witness to a crime. The online module will focus on different elements of policing by using case studies, exploring people's experiences in public spaces and offering advice on how to make reasonable adjustments.

 
By the end of the module officers should be able to:

  • understand how autism is defined in law, described by autistic people and defined by clinicians. This knowledge will assist you in recognising signs of autism (although in some cases this can be very difficult)
  • understand the reasons why some autistic people may become involved in criminality, either as a victim or perpetrator
  • understand why someone on the autism spectrum might be vulnerable in police settings
  • identify ways of supporting an individual on the autism spectrum both in the community and at the police station.   

Safeguarding children on the autism spectrum

All children have a right to be protected from abuse, but children on the autism spectrum can present professionals with particular difficulties in identifying abuse as some of the indicators of abuse can appear to be the same as some indicators of autism.

This Department for Education project aims to increase the quality of safeguarding services across England, leading to early interventions to prevent abuse and neglect of children on the autism spectrum. The project has already held a very successful conference, and released a Safeguarding booklet.

This online module builds on from the booklet, taking approximately 60-120 minutes to complete, giving a certificate of completion and percentage pass mark from our online assessment.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Understand how autism is defined and what this means in the context of legislative framework for safeguarding children.
  • Identify safeguarding issues in children and young people on the autism spectrum and what to do if you have concerns about a child, either as a victim or a perpetrator.
  • How to better communicate with children on the autism spectrum and strategies for managing behaviour and restraint.
  • How to ensure that children on the autism spectrum are protected in different settings; parent/carers; residential schools; care homes; custodial settings.

Managing money

The Managing Money module is free and aimed at anyone on the autism spectrum of an age where they are ready to start learning about managing cash, banking, savings, and debt. Created by MoneySuperMarket.com in association with The National Autistic Society, it covers a wide range of money-related topics and can be completed in one visit or accessed section by section over as many visits as required.

The module was created to assist learners to recognise their strengths as well as the challenges they may experience with managing their money. It shares real-life experiences of autistic people about the sorts of difficulties they encounter, and how they successfully manage their money.  

The module has a range of interactive features, including:

  • short film clips
  • a password-creating exercise
  • animation about safety when using a cash machine (ATM)
  • a virtual, interactive ATM to practice some basic skills for using an ATM
  • information on debt management and recovery
  • information on reasonable expenditure
  • information on budgeting
  • printable information sheets and worksheets to help manage budgets
  • further links and references

NB The module is for information only: specific advice should be sought from the organisation and services referred to within the module.

Last modified: Thursday, 30 June 2016, 4:33 PM