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Certificate in Understanding Autism

Level 2
Course Code:
Distance / Blended Learning
16 weeks

Understanding Autism allows you to gain an understanding of the different spectrums of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as explore the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support. You will also understand how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions.

This is a new qualification for 2016


Unit 1 Introduction to autism
In this unit you will get 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.

Unit 2 Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
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.

Unit 3 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
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.

Unit 4 Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
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 the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Unit 5 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
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

Unit 6 Supporting individuals with autism to live 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.
Each unit is assessed thought short answer questions. Assessments are completed online via our online assessment platform or you can request paper-based assessments that you will need to post back to us.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course. This is a knowledge based qualification and therefore a good level of literacy, reading and writing is essential.

You must be over 19 and been resident in the UK or EU country for at least 3 years

The 'Certificate in Understanding Autism' is a comprehensive course and we would recommend that you have some prior knowledge and experience of this area.
On successful completion of this qualification you could progress to:
Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England

It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:
Social care
Early Years
You will receive a study pack which contains your learning resources, study plan, study guide and how to access the online assessment platform. If you want to complete paper-based assessment you will have the option to request these when you enrol.

Course Fees

Total Fee: £0