he aims of this course are:-
Understand what Autism is and the varied presentation of autistic children
Understand the main characteristics which lead to a diagnosis of Autism
Understand the range of difficulties and challenges that autistic children can experience in everyday life
Understand the legal and policy framework that underpins good practice with autistic children
Understand how to make practical adaptations and adjustments to make services accessible to autistic children
Understand how to provide effective support for autistic children in key areas including:
Changes and transitions
Supporting decision making
Understand how behaviours which may challenge may be related to support needs
Understand why and how autistic children may be vulnerable
Understand the changing needs of autistic children and their families and the role of services
Who is Autism Awareness Intermediate – Childrens aimed at?
All staff who may encounter autistic children in their role. Including Direct Care Staff, Social Workers, Social care assessors, SEN Officers, Managers and a wide range of staff from education, social care and health contexts.
By the end of this training course participants will be able to
- Know basic facts about autism including:
- how common it is
- that autism is neurodevelopmental and life long
- that every child is affected differently and is unique.
- Be able to use respectful terminology and accept autistic people for who they are
- Know how to make reasonable adjustments for autistic people and be able to put key adaptations into practice
- Understand what autistic characteristics may look like in real life situations
- Understand the importance of meeting an autistic child’s unique communication and information needs and develop practical strategies to do so
- Recognise some key differences in social interaction e.g. difficulties with small talk, social rules and processing time.
- Understand how sensory issues can impact on autistic people and be able to make simple changes to ensure an environment is accessible to autistic people
- Recognise the importance of passionate interests and hobbies.
- Plan changes in advance whenever possible.
- Provide preparation and information about upcoming events using a variety of communication methods.
- Be aware of the wide range of difficulties and challenges autistic people and their families may experience in daily life
- Understand the factors relevant to ‘quality of life’ for autistic people
- Provide person centred support using a strengths-based approach, supporting autistic people to be empowered by services and to be as independent as possible.
- Know where to access resources and further information about autism.