Course Profile

Course Profile: Autism Spectrum – Introduction (1 Day)
This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the experience of the person on the Autistic Spectrum. Learners will understand many of the challenges that people on the Spectrum face in day to day  living and how they and others can support them to live rich and satisfying lives.
This lively and interactive course is informed by the Implementing Fullfilling 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, Think Autism (2014) and the Fifteen Challenge for Action. 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. It 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: SHC 021, 023, LD202, 210, HSC 3029 LD210, LD310
Care certificate: 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
The course is designed for workers who provide support to adults on the Autistic Spectrum on a daily or occasional basis in a range of settings, including work and residential.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by the Autistic Spectrum and how many people in the UK may be on the Spectrum
  • A brief history of Autism
  • How people are diagnosed and the complexity and barriers to diagnosis
  • Common co-occurring problems including learning disabilities and mental illness
  • How it may impact on the individual incl. emotional and social development; what they say
  • How it may impact on their families/supporters; what they say
  • The concepts of fulfilling and rewarding lives
  • The National and locality strategies to improve the lives of people on the Spectrum and their carers
  • The triad of impairments and the triad of achievements. Key Characteristics
  • Different cognitive and perception problems. Reality and fantasy confusion.
  • Complex needs and behaviours associated with ASC. The need for a consistent approach to maintain ‘sameness’
  • How contact and intimate situations may provoke anxiety and stress
  • How people with ASC tend to interpret the world around them
  • The sensory world for people on the autistic spectrum. How noise and the environment can trigger anxiety, confusion and frustration and how the worker can support them when anxious/stressed
  • Common challenges to communication incl. the ability to process language and concepts
  • Modifying and supporting different forms of communication to ensure the person understands what is being said to or expected of them
  • Managing change around routines and rituals
  • The need to value individuality and promote respect and dignity
  • How to support the human rights of people and counter discrimination & marginalization
  • Local resources and support including advocacy
Training methods utilised include: Experiential exercises, Group exercises, Practice Scenarios,  Tasks, Group discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk, Word shower, Handouts, Video/DVD