An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions
Autism is a term used since the 1940s to describe a different developmental pattern that emerges in early childhood but persists into adult life. It can have a major impact on how people learn, interact and behave. At its core, autism is a social disability. The most noticeable effects are on how people interact with others, which in turn affects how they learn and use language to communicate, how they develop and how they behave. It is thought that 1 in 100 people have an autism spectrum condition.
The purpose of this course
- Support organisations and their staff to develop an understanding of the Autism Spectrum.
- To provide a forum for the sharing of experience and good practice
- Explore innovative practice through an increased understanding of how autism impacts on learning and quality of life.
- Enable those working with individuals with Autism to gain valuable continuing professional development and to reflect on their own practice.
The key content
- Exploring the term Autism Spectrum.
- Social and emotional understanding.
- Communication and language.
- Flexibility of thought and behaviour.
- Sensory perception and responses.
- Ensuring safety and well-being.
- Supporting people through person-centered approaches.
- Enabling environments.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the range and variation of the Autism Spectrum.
- Consider and discuss barriers to social communication in Autism.
- Consider the personal, sensory, physical and mental health issues associated with Autism.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the behavioural difficulties associated with the Autism Spectrum and how they might be managed.
- Develop skills and strategies to plan an appropriate individualised programme/person-centered plan with an individual that will ensure a good quality of life or transition.