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The Autism Awareness course aims to develop your understanding of the diverse condition of autism and gives practical suggestions when working with autistic individuals.

Autism refers to a whole range of social, language and communication problems. Severity ranges from mild and often undiagnosed to severe, where it is almost impossible for people to successfully engage in society.

The aim of this course is to provide a better awareness of the term “autism” and “autistic spectrum disorder” (ASD) and how to support individuals with autism.


Module 1

Outline of Learning Disabilities

  • Introduction (to include the myths, what is and what is not)
  • How Learning disabilities can affect social and emotional development of children and young people.
  • Outline and understand the different Learning disabilities

Module 2

  • The definition of Autism
  • The difference between autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • The three different conditions within the autistic spectrum
  • The difficulties encompassed with social interaction, communication and imagination which affect the learning of a young person with ASD

Module 3

Causes of Autism

  • Genetic & environmental causes of autism.
  • Diagnosing Autism in Children
  • Diagnosing Autism in Adults
  • The gender differences

Module 4

Explaining Autistic Behaviour

  • Understanding the concept of challenging behaviour
  • Recognising characteristics of autism through childrens behaviour
  • The ‘theory of mind’, and of how lack of this this affects young people with ASD

Module 5

Communication and Language

  • Process involved in receptive language
  • Process of expressive language
  •  Strengths and weaknesses of the speech, language and communication skills of a young person with autism Spectrum Disorder

Module 6

Approaches to Autism

  • Person centred approach
  • Planning to meet individual needs
  • Planning for social inclusion

Module 7

Practical suggestions when working with Autism

  • Practical considerations
  • Suggestions to create a safe environment
  • Visual Strategies
  • Aspects of non-verbal communication and their role in supporting someone with Autism

Module 8

Ethical, Legal and Organisational Issues

  • Outline possible challenges for
    • Worker
    • Family
  • Outline avenues for support and helpful resources



This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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