Autism

Increase your knowledge and understanding of autism, and the challenges and strengths that autistic people may experience.

Free online courses accredited by NCFE CACHE

Free Online Course Accredited by NCFE CACHE

Overview of Autism

You will learn about characteristics, diagnosis and how understanding and different theories surrounding autism have developed over time.

Qualification objectives

The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of autism, including:

  • How to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism
  • The current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time
  • How to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
  • The range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • How to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
  • How to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.
 
Throughout this qualification specification, as in the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy, we’ve
used the term ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for all autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger
syndrome. The term ‘individuals with autism’ includes children, young people and adults.
 

Who is it suitable for?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a related subject.

By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment, in the health and social care sector.

Course units

This unit covers the context of autism, including characteristics, diagnosis and how understanding and different theories have developed over time.

Learners will gain knowledge of the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism.

This unit is about adopting a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism to manage their behaviour. Learners will explore factors that influence behaviour, the impact of behaviour, and strategies and approaches that are effective in providing support.

The aim of this unit is for learners to gain insight into a range of transitions during the lifespan and the implications for individuals with autism. Learners will develop an understanding of how professionals and others can provide support for both short-term and long-term transitions, including from children’s to adult’s services.

In this unit, learners will explore a range of therapeutic interventions and support available to individuals with autism and their families. They will learn about conditions that commonly co-occur with autism and the treatment options available.

This unit will help learners to develop an understanding of the differences in social interaction and communication in autism.
They will explore how to develop skills and a range of strategies and aids that can be used to support social interaction and communication for individuals with autism.

In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable, and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements. Learners will explore different ways to support individuals to develop resilience and
may wish to contextualise their focus as applicable to the individuals they support (eg children, young people or adults) where indicated.

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Gain a nationally recognised level 3 accredited certificate.

Eligibility

Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

24+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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