This course will:
- Help you manage positive interaction with people who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Provide you with an understanding of ASD and how it may manifest itself
- Provide you with an understanding of treatments/care
- Show you how ASD can be recognised/diagnosed
- Show you how you can improve and enhance the experiences for people with an ASD that they come into contact with
- Allow you to understand why ASD awareness is important not only on a personal basis but also for your respective organisations
- Provide you with an understanding of what organisations and resources are available to help both you and service users
What you study
What is autism?
- A brief history with some fact and figures
- An opportunity to discuss what participants know already, or what they have read in the media, or experienced.
- Exploration of what a learning difficulty is
- Definition of autistic spectrum disorders and some associated conditions
- Autistic behaviours
- Introduction of the key ideas of the “spectrum” and individuality
- Diagnosis and referral processes
Life through autistic eyes
- In practical terms, what is the daily experience like for someone with ASD?
- What are the daily challenges?
- What are the associated problems, such as food, noise, sleep and medication?
- What treatment and therapy has been found to be helpful?
- How do individuals with ASD get on with the rest of society?
- What is great about having ASD?
Strategies and techniques
- Creating an ASD friendly environment
- Procedures to encourage interaction and participation
- Sources of support
- Adapting our workplace
- Adapting ourselves! Communication and social strategies
Participants’ questions – any particular issues?
Depending on the facilities the course will use:
- ICT and online resources for video and powerpoint presentations
- Group and paired discussion, with feedback
- Short role play scenarios
- Handout to support underpinning knowledge with further research options
- You will be encouraged to reflect on your own understanding and attitudes to explore issues around inclusion, with particular emphasis on workplace and customer services relationships