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Autism Awareness

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Home learning or study, distance learning, flexible study, supported study and professional workplace learning available. Study at home, at work or a mix of both, at a time and place that fits your personal needs.

Course description

Autism is a mystifying condition that has been the focus of a wide range of scientific research over the years. The Autism Awareness course aims to develop students understanding of autism and gives practical suggestions when working with autistic individuals.

Autism refers to a whole range of social, language and communication problems. The condition can range from hardly there at all, often undiagnosed and even unrecognised, to severe, where it is virtually impossible for people to participate in day to day social / society activities.

There are little boundaries between the conditions Kanner and Asperger identified. often people are in-between, whether in between “normal” and Asperger’s syndrome. It is common to refer to “autistic spectrum disorder”(ASD) as which allows for the differences in symptoms and severity witnessed. A person without ASD is called neuro-typical.

Approximately 700,000 people in the UK According to the National Autistic Society have autism i.e. 1 out of 100 have this condition.

The term autism is used to describe all individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism is a lifelong condition and if individuals do not receive the right support it can have a detrimental effect on the sufferer and those around them i.e. families and friends.

Course aims

This course will enable you to become familiar with various approaches to autism, increase awareness of how to obtain diagnosis and understand the genetic environmental causes of autism.

The aim of this course is to provide a better awareness of the term “autism” and “autistic spectrum disorder” (ASD).

Typical course content
 
Module 1 - What is autism?
  • Define autism
  • Understand the difference between autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Explain the gender differences
  • Identify conditions related to ASD
  • Explain how research in other conditions can help research into autism
Module 2 - Legislation and Autism
  • Name some of the Acts that protect people with autism and disabled people in general
  • Explain what a reasonable adjustment is
  • Give examples of reasonable adjustments
  • Describe the aims of the autism strategy and explain how this will help people with ASD
Module 3 - Triad of Impairments
  • Name the triad of impairments
  • Identify problems caused by impairments of social language
  • Identify impairments of social interaction and explain the problems these can cause for someone with ASD
  • Explain the “theory of mind”
  • Understand what problems can occur when theory of mind fails to adequately develop
  • Identify and categorise problems of social impairments with a client
Module 4 - Explaining Autistic Behaviours
  • Understand why people with autism behave the way they do
  • Identify possible causes of problematic behaviours
  • Define the term “sensory sensitivity”
  • Explain the problems that people might have if they are hyper or hypo sensitive
  • Apply knowledge of sensory sensitivity to experience with clients in the workplace
Module 5 - Causes of autism
  • Explain the difference between autism and autistic traits
  • Explain why twin studies are important to researchers
  • Understand genetic and environmental causes of autism
Module 6 - Diagnosing Autism
  • Have increased awareness of how to obtain a diagnosis
  • Give reasons why there has been an increase in number of diagnostic cases
  • Explain what is meant by epidemic and explain why autism is not an epidemic
  • Identify and describe the advantages and disadvantages of a getting a formal diagnosis
  • Explain the role of the GP in the diagnostic process
  • Explain what is meant by the social model of disability
Module 7 - Approaches to autism
  • Explain what an SSRI is and how this group of drugs can be used to help some problems associated with autism
  • Explain what Intensive Interaction is
  • Identify what fundamentals of communication are and give examples of these
  • Explain what happens during an interactive episode
  • Name and identify some alternative communication systems
  • Explain how the creation of autism friendly places supports the social model of disability
  • Identify some autism friendly places
  • Suggest things that can be done to make places more friendly
Module 8 - Practical suggestions when working with autistic individuals
  • Define the term “neuro–typical”
  • Identify symptoms and solutions for anxiety
  • Identify how often we use abstract language in everyday speech and identify some of the things we can say instead when talking to a person with an ASD
  • Describe a way a person with ASD can be helped to show and understand their emotions
  • Explain how visual aids can be used to help with everyday tasks
  • Describe how people with ASD can be supported through changes in their life
Module 9 - Explaining the myths
  • Explain why there is confusion surrounding MMR and autism
  • Identify the importance of children getting vaccinated
  • Explain what a savant skill is and give examples of some
Previous knowledge

No prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.

Assessment

Completing a series of tutor marked assignments and or activities marked by your assigned tutor.

Support

You will receive the course manual, assignments, study guide or on-line password and access to learning resources depending on the type of course you start i.e paper based or on-line. Full  tutor support by mail, email and on-line via our partner organisation depending on your chosen study route. Their student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that 12 months unlimited support will be available during your studies. There will be no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Start times

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

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Investment

Investment figure shown above is fully inclusive of study material, support, awarding body registration costs where applicable. But excludes non on-line study material delivery outside of mainland England where applicable. VAT not applicable.

Stage payment terms available. No interest charged. Ask for details.

Email us for more information: support@durhamopenlearningcollege.co.uk or feel free to ring us on 0845 474 5005 for a no obligation advice and guidance session. We are here to help you choose the right course for you.