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Free Online Understanding Autism Course - Scotland

Help make the world a little more autism friendly

Millions are unfamiliar with what life looks like for adults and children with ASD. Do your bit to make change in the lives of autistic people by understanding autism.

Free Online Understanding Autism Course - Scotland

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Free online course

The free courses is fully-funded by HM Government.

No fee, no card details and no trial periods.

Certificate included

The certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing a nationally recognised level 2 certification.

Course duration

The free online course takes an average of 6-12 weeks to complete.

This is based on 4-5 hours of weekly study.

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The free course is 100% online.

Course features

Flexible learning

Learn from the security of your home, office or wherever you feel comfortable.

No exams

You will complete assessment questions based on the skills and knowledge you have gained from the manageable course units.

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A tutor will be allocated who will support you throughout the free course and provide valuable feedback against your assessments.


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About this free online course

This free online understanding autism course provides a detailed understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

You will gain a thorough introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’. You will explore theories, and diagnosis and investigate support, communication, interaction, behaviour, and how you can help support healthy and fulfilled lives.

By spreading awareness and understanding, together we can make a difference.

More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

Source: National Autistic Society

Course content

Your free course is split into manageable units.

Introduction to autism

This unit provides you with an introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories, and diagnosis.

You will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

Person-centred approach to support

This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual.

You will also look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks
available to individuals and their families.

Communication and interaction

This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism.

It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

Sensory processing and perception

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity.

You will also consider how to support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Supporting positive behaviour

Through this unit you will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism.

You will also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

Healthy and fulfilled lives

This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities.

You will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

Course sample

Certificate in Understanding Autism

Section 1: Introduction to autism

In this section, you will learn about social and communication disorders, understanding that autism is a lifelong condition.

You will become familiar with theoretical models for identifying autism and learn about the characteristics displayed by different individuals with autism.

You will look at the guidelines for the diagnosis and why this can be difficult, including why some individuals may be reluctant to seek a diagnosis.

You will learn about conditions that can co-occur with autism and the difficulties they present.

You will consider the difficulties and discrimination that individuals with autism can face due to other people’s attitudes and lack of understanding and how the condition is sometimes misrepresented in the media

Social and communication disorders

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how an individual communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. The understanding of autism has improved since the 1940s, when it was first identified, and as more is learned about the condition, more interventions should become available.

There is no ‘cure’ for autism but there are many things that can be done to help individuals with autism…

Get certified

Receive an in-demand certificate – your certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing the nationally recognised certification.

HM government funding

We connect you with training providers that use the UK Government’s Adult Education Budget to fund this free online course.

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