Course overview

Having a child or loved one receive an autism diagnosis can be worrying and unsettling. It’s difficult to know how best to support autistic children’s needs without external guidance. This autism course can teach you how to offer support to help autistic young people live healthy and fulfilling lives. This taster course is ideal for you if you have regular contact with autistic children or teenagers. It is aimed at parents, family members, community workers, or volunteers who interact closely with autistic kids. It can be useful both if you are going through diagnosis, and also if you feel you need extra resources to help support a developing autistic child.

Course description

During this equality & diversity course, you will study what autism is and how it affects child development. Understand the importance of routine and structure. Develop skills to communicate with autistic children and teens. Explore stigmas and stereotypes in society and learn how to approach the challenges these attitudes bring. Recognise behaviour that challenges and build up a toolkit to deal with it. Learn how to support positive behaviour.

If you’re considering voluntary or job roles supporting autistic children, this course can help you understand the foundational principles.

Depending on your needs, there are many study options after this autism course. You can do further courses understanding autism or supporting young people.

If you’re not sure which course is right for you, feel free to seek guidance from your tutor who will be happy to advise you.

Equality & Diversity courses are fundamental to ensure that the right support is given to autistic people in society.

Please make sure you have access to the internet for the duration of this course. Our tutors use the WEA’s digital learning portal, Canvas, to send you important information and tasks.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to reach the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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