Supporting People with Autism

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, the training course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Voyage Care.

This e-learning training course explains what autism spectrum conditions are and the impact they have on people. It describes the triad of impairments, as identified by Dr Leo Kanner, and looks at strategies for helping people with autism cope with their difficulties.

Learners will explore how people with autism differ from those without the condition in the way they make sense of the world around them; learners can then apply this information to improve the support they provide.

The training course describes some of the common difficulties that autistic people experience and suggests techniques for helping them to overcome these on a day-to-day basis.

The training course identifies some of the legislation in place to support and protect people with disabilities, including The Autism Act 2009. It concludes by exploring the benefits of taking a person-centred approach to planning the support for individuals with autism.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The study units are:

- What are autism spectrum conditions?
- Characteristics of autism and support strategies
- Legal protection and effective planning


The objectives for each study unit are that learners will be able to:

- Describe autism and list the different conditions within the spectrum
- Identify the benefits of an early diagnosis
- Understand the difficulties many autistic people have with communication, social behaviour and relationships
- Explain strategies for supporting individuals in relation to the triad of impairments
- Understand how people with autism often see the world around them in a different way to those without the condition
- Describe the ‘theory of mind’ experiment and explain how it can be used as a diagnostic tool
- Suggest possible ways of supporting people with memory problems or sensory sensitivity
- Describe some of the legislation in place to support people with disabilities in their everyday lives
- Explain the key aims of The Autism Act 2009
- Understand what a personcentred approach to planning is and identify its benefits
- Identify the reasons why a person-centered approach is effective for supporting people with autism

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