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1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK or by tutor led remote delivery, contact us for availability.

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Accredited Course

The course contents are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

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Course Overview

Autism is a diverse spectrum condition which effects different people in different ways. The National Autistic Society (NAS) states that there are over 700 thousand children and adults diagnosed in the UK and that there are currently more boys diagnosed than girls.

This training course describes what autism is, considers autism as a ‘spectrum’ condition and how each person will need a bespoke and individual approach to support.

This training course also identifies reasons why a good levels of autism knowledge is essential when providing support, for the benefit of the person being supported, support staff, families and/or carers and in demonstrating high service values.

This training course explains what is meant by ‘social communication’, ‘social interaction’ and ‘social imagination’, looks broadly at links into Flexibility of Thought, emotional awareness, the importance of structure and routine and adapting communication techniques including the value of visual communication.

This training course explains the meaning of sensory regulation (Ayres Theory) and evaluates different sensory related characteristics whilst considering ways of supporting people with sensory challenges and making environmental adaptations.

This training course provides a series of support ideas and ways of making adaptations to promote autism aware environments. This is a Level 3 Accredited Course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand what autism is
  • 1.1Describe the meaning of autism
  • 1.2State current statistics associated with autism
  • 1.3Explain reasons why good knowledge of autism is essential when supporting people with a diagnosis
  • 1.4Identify current assessment and diagnostic tools
2Understand autism as a diverse spectrum condition
  • 2.1Explain autism in terms of a spectrum condition
  • 2.2Evaluate the autism spectrum as a ‘fluid’ concept depending on various social and environmental factors
  • 2.3Define Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) as associated or co-existing conditions
3Understand challenges associated with autism and support strategies
  • 3.1Describe different characteristics associated with autism
  • 3.2Explain the meaning of; Social Communication, Social Interaction and Social Imagination
  • 3.3Explain the meaning of ‘Flexibility of Thought’
  • 3.4Explain how some people who are part of the autism spectrum may need support with emotional awareness
  • 3.5Explain how ‘information overload’ could impact a person who is part of the autism spectrum
  • 3.6Evaluate the potential impact autism can have on mental wellbeing
  • 3.7Explain the importance of promoting structure and routine
  • 3.8Explain ways of supporting communication including the benefit of promoting visual communication
  • 3.9Explain ways of working with and supporting a person who is part of the autism spectrum
4Understand sensory regulation challenges and support strategies
  • 4.1Describe the theory of sensory regulation
  • 4.2Define the eight sensory processes theory
  • 4.3Define the difference between ‘hyper’ and ‘hypo’ sensory input
  • 4.4Explain different characteristics associated with sensory regulation challenges and how these can interlink
  • 4.5Explain ways of supporting individuals and making environmental changes which can create a more ‘sensory aware’ and ‘autism aware’ environment


The course contents are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive a digital (PDF) accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Additional Information

Training course duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale). When delivered remotely courses are shorter as some of the activities and discussion can't be done in the same way.

Availability of this training course

This Autism Awareness training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK. Alternatively, also available remotely via a tutor led course over Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Audience for this course

This Autism Awareness training course is designed for professionals who work with children and young people (and adults) with autism and need to develop their knowledge of what autism is and the effects of autism, including support teams, education providers and foster carers.

QCF Units

This autism training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children's Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce and the National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).

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