Autism Training and Advisory Service 2017-06-30T13:47:36+00:00

About

The Autism Training and Advisory Department identify and promote the implementation of personalised autism specific strategies for service users within a public or private sector organisation and autism specific practice for staff/teams across all professions and industries in the workplace including carehomes, service industries, schools, GP surgeries, emergency services and beyond.

Contact our Autism Training and Advisory team here.

Courses

Courses are delivered by members of the Autism Together Training and Advisory Team, using a Powerpoint presentation in the main, with many opportunities for participation through discussion and exercises by the participant group.

This is our introductory course and must be completed prior to taking any of our other courses on offer.

Course Aims:

  • To raise awareness and challenge the neuro-typical perception of autism
  • To increase knowledge and confidence when supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum
  • To consider robust autism specific strategies and approaches in support of the person with autism
  • To encourage inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those on the autistic spectrum within the wider community

Course Overview:

  • What is Autism? The possible causes and how autism is diagnosed
  • Differences in Communication, Social Understanding, Processing Information
  • Sensory processing differences ; exploring the effect through seven significant senses
  • Possible effects on emotional wellbeing
  • Initial flags: behaviours which may indicate a person has an autism spectrum condition
  • Strengths in Autism
  • Autism specific strategies, approaches and interventions
  • How to identify difficulties and how to help
  • Advice and support on how to make reasonable adjustment to your practice and organisational environment.

Course Outcomes

  • The participant will gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the autistic spectrum condition
  • The participant will be assisted in identifying further data related to autism through recommended reading lists and websites

Costs:

£450 for half day session – up to 25 delegates, this course must be completed before taking any of our other courses.

However, if you take two of our courses on the same day, the combined rate for both courses is £800 for the full day session.

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Participants will need to have completed our Introduction to Autism course before accessing this module. A discounted rate is offered if our Introduction to Autism and this course are completed on the same day.

Course Aims:

To raise awareness of how to communicate with people on the autistic spectrum

To increase knowledge and confidence when communicating with autistic people

To consider the side variety of communication methods required when supporting people whose preferred method of communication may not be verbal

To encourage inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those on the autistic spectrum within the wider community

Course Overview (Full Day):

  • What is Autism? The possible causes and how autism is diagnosed
  • Differences in Communication, Social Understanding, Processing Information
  • Sensory processing differences ; exploring the effect through seven significant senses
  • Possible effects on emotional wellbeing
  • Initial flags: behaviours which may indicate a person has an autism spectrum condition
  • Strengths in Autism
  • Autism specific strategies, approaches and interventions
  • How to identify difficulties and how to help
  • Advice and support on how to make reasonable adjustment to your practice and organisational environment.
  • What is communication?
  • How does it differ for those on the autistic spectrum?
  • What is a personalised communication approach and why is it so applicable for those with autism.
  • What determines which approach is applied to which individual?
  • What can we do to support and include those on the autistic spectrum?

Course Outcomes:

The participant will gain a basic knowledge and understanding of what communication approaches and interventions are used in supporting those on the autistic spectrum.

The participant will be assisted in identifying further data related to autism through recommended reading lists and websites.

Costs:

£450 for half day session – up to 25 delegates (our Introduction to Autism module must be completed before taking any of our other courses).

However, if you take two of our courses on the same day, the combined rate for both courses is £800 for the full day session.

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Participants will need to have completed our Introduction to Autism course before accessing this module. A discounted rate is offered if our Introduction to Autism and this course are completed on the same day.

Course Aims:

  • To raise autism awareness and challenge the neuro-typical perception of autism
  • To increase knowledge and confidence when supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum
  • To encourage inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those on the autistic spectrum within the wider community.

Course Overview: Full Day/half day

  • Introduction to Autism

Plus

  • Explore how the senses of people with autism differ from those who are neuro-typical
  • Over-responsiveness vs under-responsiveness
  • Consider how the impact of sensory differences particularly affects those with an autism condition.
  • Identifying our own possible differences and encourage greater empathy with the person with autism’s additional needs in this area
  • What can be done to help and support

Course Outcomes:

  • The participant will increase the knowledge and understanding of the effect that sensory differences has on the everyday life of those on the autistic spectrum
  • The participant will be encourage to apply the identified approaches and interventions relating to sensory differences in autism to their practice and environment.

Costs:

£450 for half day session – up to 25 delegates (our Introduction to Autism module must be completed before taking any of our other courses).

However, if you take two of our courses on the same day, the combined rate for both courses is £800 for the full day session.

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Participants will need to have completed our Introduction to Autism course before accessing this module. A discounted rate is offered if our Introduction to Autism and this course are completed on the same day.

Course Aims:

  • To bring greater awareness and understanding of the autistic spectrum condition regarding relationships and sexuality
  • To increase knowledge and confidence in supporting those on the autistic spectrum in developing relationships and better understanding their sexuality.
  • To identify how best to support those on the autism spectrum in creating, understanding and maintaining friendships and relationships
  • To encourage inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those on the autistic spectrum within the wider community.

Course Overview: Full Day/Half Day

  • Introduction to Autism

Plus

  • Relationships and Friendships
  • Keeping Safe
  • Public and Private
  • Proactive Sex Education
  • Good and Bad Touch
  • Abuse and Exploitation
  • Importance of Implementing Guidelines

Course Outcomes:

  • The participant will increase their knowledge and understanding of the positive and negative impacts that developing relationships has on the individual with autism
  • The participant will gain further confidence in supporting those on the autistic spectrum in their pursuit of achieving relationships and better understanding their sexuality.

Costs:

£450 for half day session – up to 25 delegates (our Introduction to Autism module must be completed before taking any of our other courses).

However, if you take two of our courses on the same day, the combined rate for both courses is £800 for the full day session.

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Participants will need to have completed our Introduction to Autism course before accessing this module. A discounted rate is offered if our Introduction to Autism and this course are completed on the same day.

Course Aims:

  • To raise awareness and challenge the neuro-typical perception of autism in relation to effective communication
  • To increase knowledge and confidence in supporting those on the autistic spectrum to be valued and accepted
  • To replace power over practice regarding the individual with power to and with the person
  • To encourage inclusion understanding and support to these with an autism specific condition in the wider community

Course Overview: Full day/Half day

  • Introduction to Autism

Plus

  • The Culture of Autism
  • What do we mean by Visual Structure?
  • Why is it so important to people with autism?
  • Practical approaches and strategies
  • How we apply these to everyday lives

Course Outcomes:

The participant will gain insightful knowledge into the autism spectrum condition

The participant will be assisted in identifying key strategies and interventions to increase the confidence in sharing more effective communication with autistic people

Costs:

£450 for half day session – up to 25 delegates (our Introduction to Autism module must be completed before taking any of our other courses).

However, if you take two of our courses on the same day, the combined rate for both courses is £800 for the full day session.

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Course Aims:

  • To raise awareness of how epilepsy particularly affects those on the autistic spectrum
  • To increase knowledge and confidence in supporting those with epilepsy who also have an autistic spectrum condition.
  • To consider robust autism specific strategies and approaches in support of the autistic individual
  • To encourage interaction and effective communication with individuals with autism

Course Overview:

AM

  • Introduction to Epilepsy
  • What is epilepsy?
  • Prevalence and statistics
  • Causes of Epilepsy?
  • Types of seizures
  • Types of Investigations
  • Recordings and Risks’ responsibilities
  • First Aid
  • When to call an ambulance
  • Causes of SUDEP

PM

  • Buccal Midazolam practical administration

Course Outcomes:

  • The participant will gain a basic knowledge and confident in supporting a person on the autistic spectrum who also has epilepsy
  • The participant will be assisted in identifying a wide range of epileptic support approaches, interventions and resources to better support the individual.

Cost: £800 for a full day session (24 participants). (There is no half day option for this course.)

Additional Information

The duration of the course is 2.5 hrs delivered during a morning, afternoon or evening session

Training delivered in-house or at venue of purchasing organisation. (A charge for expenses will, in this instance, be added to the cost)

Although course materials will be supplied by Autism Together and is included in the cost of the course, participants are advised to bring their choice of the personal resources with which to record notes during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to delegates at the end of the training session.

Half day courses take place during either a morning, afternoon or evening session (2 ½ hours).  Full day courses (2 x 2½ sessions), are usually over the morning and afternoon, but can be over the afternoon and evening.

Although generally morning sessions commence at 10 am and finish at 12.30 pm and afternoon sessions between 1.30 pm and 4pm we can be totally flexible to meet your needs.

A wide range of teaching methods are applied which are focussed on transferring knowledge and skills gained into practice.

We strongly advocate team working across organisations to ensure consistency of practice and shared understanding.

Important note: The syllabus is subject to minor changes in line with current research in autism. Any changes will be clearly noted and identified in course announcements.

Does your organisation/business want to become an Autism Champion?

Officially launched in 2016, the Autism Champions Scheme was brought in to encourage organisations and public facilities to become more autism aware and provide autism friendly services to enhance the lives of autistic people and their families.

For further information about our champions click here.

Our Training and Advisory Service comprises of a team of highly knowledgeable practitioners who between them have over 70 years’ of specialised autism awareness training experience.

Yvonne Crowhurst

Head of Autism Training and Advisory Service

Michelle Walklett

Senior Training and Development Officer (Behaviour)

Yvonne Smith

Senior Training and Development Officer (Autism) 

Dawn Kirby

Training and Development Officer (Behaviour)