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Understanding Autism


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Price
Free
Study method
Online, self-paced
Duration
4 Weeks
Qualification
No formal qualification

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Overview

Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course.

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Description

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First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world. It is a spectrum condition; all people on the spectrum share certain difficulties, but their condition will affect them in different ways.

Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the spectrum, 1 in every 100 people. There are no blood tests or brain scans that will detect autism - so what exactly are we talking about? Does autism actually exist?

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What will you achieve?

Explain what autism is, and evaluate whether it really exists

Identify social communication skills and explain what happens if they do not develop as expected

Summarise knowledge of sensory and repetitive behaviours, and whether such behaviours are advantages or disadvantages

Explain why many people on the autism spectrum have co-occurring conditions

Identify the origins of strengths and difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum

Explore and discuss lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

Who is this course for?

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

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