Course Profile

Course Profile: Autism Spectrum – Advanced level (1 Day)
This course aims to enhance the knowledge base of those who have attended training on an introductory level. The course is designed to refresh and enhance existing knowledge and skills, and help them in planning and implementing person centred support plans, risk assessments and risk management strategies.
The course is informed by the Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives paper (DOH 2010), NICE guidelines, DSM V and material from The National Autistic Society and BILD. The course makes reference to the Autism Act 2009 and the Autism Strategy. It is mapped to meet Skills for Care Knowledge sets for Autism, is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. The course links with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.3
QCF: HSC036, SHC33, SHC32, SHC21, LD201, 210. LD510
Care certificate: 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
The course is designed for workers providing day to day support and care to people on the Autistic Spectrum in a variety of contexts. This will include social workers and social care support workers
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What the Autistic Spectrum is and historical perspectives e.g Kanner, Asperger
  • Some of the complexity and barriers to diagnosis
  • Common co-occurring conditions such as Learning Disabilities and Mental Health
  • Common sensory and perceptual difficulties including, pica, OCD, body dis-morphism, gender identity problems, fragmentation, Mears-Irlen syndrome, touch defensiveness
  • Theory of Mind and the concept of Neuro-Diversity
  • How people with ASC interpret the world around them and how their condition impacts upon them
  • How impairments in development may affect the ability to interact with the world around them
  • The Triad of Impairments and the Triad of Achievements
  • How to assist families and carers to understand the condition
  • The concepts of fulfilling and rewarding lives and how to implement strategies to affect change through appropriate outcome focused assessment and support planning
  • How to meet the domains of quality of life through informed support planning.m
  • How the Autism Act 2009 and the National Autism Strategy aims to improve the lives of people on the Spectrum and their families/carers
  • The complex needs and behaviours associated with ASC; be able to facilitate structures, positive approaches and routines that are empathic to the persons needs (SPELL)
  • How to support the development of social interaction, communication and imagination skills (SPELL)
  • How to support people with transitions and significant life events including employment through appropriate signposting to relevant services
  • How to describe the sensory world for people on the autistic spectrum. (SPELL)
  • How to manage complex needs minimizing the impact of sensory and perceptual difficulties
  • How to communicate with the person and some of the potential difficulties with their ability to process language and concepts
  • How to support different forms of communication to ensure the person understands what you are saying; put in place individual communication plans including intensive interaction and Makaton
  • The need to support human rights and counter discrimination & marginalization
  • Locality resources and support including advocacy
  • The Dignity Do’s and how to implement strategies for change
Training methods utilised include: Experiential exercises, Group exercises, Practice Scenarios,  Tasks, Group discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk, Word shower, Handouts, Video/DVD