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Working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions - Level 2

Event/course Code EDU 20/742
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three. It's estimated that more than 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls. (NHS, 2016)”
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/

This course is for practitioners who already possess some knowledge of Autism and are supporting children and young people on the spectrum. This programme works as either a stand-alone or is the perfect progression from;
Introduction to Autism ­ Level 1.

The course is delivered by the Educational Psychology Service. The service works collaboratively with partners, including school staff, parents, pupils and other agencies in order to generate positive outcomes for children and young people, in turn, this means they have a strong grasp of the local context. The session will, therefore, be engaging, informative and filled with hints and tips for practitioners to take away and implement in their own setting.

This session will take place virtually, joining instructions will be emailed 24 hours before the course date.
Event Content The number of school-age children and young people diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to rise year on year. It is essential that these individuals have a positive experience of care and support. For this to be achieved, AfC have made a commitment to ensure practitioners have a good understanding of ASD and how to work effectively to support young people, developing effective interventions within their role.

The course looks to build on participants' existing understanding of Autism in order to further develop good practice, and contribute to better assessments and action plans. The course has a clear focus on the psychological theories, evidence-based and empirical research that currently informs our understanding of autism. There is a major focus on how theory is then put into practice. The course introduces hands-on techniques, tools and strategies for all those working directly with children and young people on the autism spectrum.


There will also be opportunities for practitioners to reflect on their own experiences of working with young people on the Autistic Spectrum in order to consider what has been working, and to share ideas for best practice.

Previous delegates who have attended said that the course:

“Helped my understanding of Autism and 'challenging' behaviours. Made me see these behaviours in a different light - takes blame away from the child and makes you reflect more on your own practice.”

“will enable adults to understand behaviour as a communication, and help them to work towards identifying what the child is communicating, and thus engage in more positive interactions with the child. It also allows adults to reflect and understand how they can improve their own practice when working with children with Autism.”

“reinforced the importance of taking a systematic approach to behaviour management and keeping records of difficult behaviours in order too then look for patterns/triggers for the behaviour occurring.”

The course is delivered by the Educational Psychology Service, all EPs in the service have experience of working with children and young people and have a specialist, professional qualification in educational psychology, at a master’s or doctoral level. The course will, therefore, be information-packed.
Event Learning Outcomes On completion of this course delegates will be able to:

• Clarify essential knowledge of autism in order to provide a solid grounding for their work, that is based on evidence and contributing to positive outcomes.
• Analyse assessment and action planning for Children/Young people on the Autistic Spectrum.
• Describe their understanding of good autism practice and develop confidence to put into place alternative strategies.
• Evaluate and question their practice within own setting and share ideas and information with colleagues and professional networks.
• Identify current research and practice.
Trainers Kim O'Connor
Course categories SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
Event/course administrator Workforce Development (training@achievingforchildren.org.uk)
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 10 June 202109:30 - 12:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A
Session 2Thursday 17 June 202109:30 - 12:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A