Autism Awareness Training Course.
Benefits of Autism Awareness Training Course
Many employers find this training beneficial well beyond managing individuals on the autism spectrum. With the right approach, a firm can reap the benefits of an increased talent pool for potential employees; improve engagement, awareness and productivity; and broaden diversity.
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Who Will Benefit?
This 3 hour course is ideal for all healthcare and social care staff who are involved in supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This theory based course will explain that Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socialises with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.
The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behaviour. The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity
Course Aims and Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you will:
How ASD affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them
Behaviours exhibited by some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder Methods of supporting a person with ASD
What is it mapped to?
Level 2 award enables learners to achieve the standard required, knowledge and understanding of a subject relevant to their own work setting.
What is Autism and autistic spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder is most likely to be a group of similar disorders with various degrees of severity. So the term 'autistic spectrum disorders' is sometimes used rather than autism.
What are the symptoms of Autism spectrum disorder?
Symptoms start in the first 3 years of life. It usually develops from birth (about 4 in 5 cases). In about 1 in 5 cases there is a period of normal development first before symptoms begin. There are four different groups of symptoms, all of which usually occur in children with autism.
How does autism affect social communication?
There are different types of problems and not all will occur in each case. These can generally be described as "not being able to get on with people".
So the child may:
- Seem to be aloof
- Have little or no interest in other people
- Have no real friends
- Not understand other people's emotions. E.g. not understanding why anyone has got cross with them
- Prefer being alone
Problems with language and communication
Speech usually develops later than usual. When it does, the language (the use and choice of words) may develop wrongly.
What are some signs of high functioning autism?
As autism is a spectrum disorder and its manifestation varies from individual to individual, it is no wonder, therefore, that many ‘non-official’ but widely accepted descriptions have emerged: high-functioning autism (HFA), low-functioning autism (LFA), ‘mild autism’, ‘moderate autism’, severe autism’, ‘autistic traits’, ‘autistic tendencies’. It is necessary to note that these terms are subjective. There are no clinical definitions of words such as ‘high-functioning’, ‘low-functioning’, ‘mild’ or ‘severe’ autism.
However, because autism is so wide ranging, professionals may use terms like these to describe where on a continuum they believe an individual’s abilities may lie. Some individuals will be severely affected, while for others, their difficulties may appear to be quite subtle. Some people with autism may also have learning difficulties, while others are more able, with average or above average intelligence.
It is important to remember that individuals with ASD differ as much from one another as they do from non-autistic people. They have their own personality, strengths and weaknesses.
Both HFA and AS are NOT diagnostic categories. There is the debate as to whether we need two diagnostic terms is ongoing (now AS is not a ‘diagnostic term’.)
What is Theory of Mind example?
‘Theory of mind’ is an important social-cognitive skill that involves the ability to think about mental states, both individually and those of others. It encompasses the ability to attribute mental states, including emotions, desires, beliefs and knowledge.
Not only does the theory of mind involve thinking about thinking, but it also refers to the ability to understand that other people's thoughts and beliefs may be different from your own and to consider the factors that have led to those mental states.
Implications of Lack of ToM:
(Though the following text refers to a child, the concept is also relevant to adults with ASD)
Knowing their difficulties with ToM, we can change our educational methods to address autistic children’s difficulties caused by lack of ToM. These difficulties include inability and difficulty in:
understanding ‘pretend’ and ‘make-belief’ – they take everything literally, on the face value e.g. a child cannot understand that a banana can be used as a telephone in a ‘pretend-play’.
understanding jokes, irony, sarcasm, idioms e.g. if someone says ‘She has cried her eyes out”, the child may look at the floor – wondering where her eyes are.
understanding emotions in others and themselves, leading to a seeming lack of empathy e.g. they don’t know how to behave when someone is crying and even though this may appear to be the case, they do have empathy but cannot express it conventionally.
of other people e.g. an autistic child would do what his ‘friends’ encourage him to do (say something rude in the classroom).behaviours• understanding of the intentions and motives behind the
leading to anxiety and fear, and avoidance of people.behaviours,• predicting others’
explaining their own behaviours.
understanding that behaviour affects how others think or feel e.g. a child may push another child; or say something that may be considered ‘rude’ (though from the child’s point of view, he states the fact) – “The woman is ugly!”
understanding what other people know, or expected to know, leading to pedantic or incomprehensible language e.g. a child can either give no background information (assuming the other knows what he is talking about) or can give all the (unnecessary) details.
understanding what others might think of their actions e.g. can strip in a public place, unaware how others perceive his nakedness.
to share attention, leading to idiosyncratic reference e.g. a teacher holds up a picture of farmers working in the field, expecting children to focus on the farmers’ activity, but an autistic child may be fascinating by the teacher’s earring and can focus on nothing else.
deceiving or to understanding deception.
seeing the listener’s level of interest to the subject they are talking about e.g. a child can talk about the subject he is very much interested in, not noticing that his listener is bored and not interested.
understanding the rules of social interaction (turn-taking, topic maintenance, inappropriate eye contact, etc.)
All these difficulties affect the child’s ability to successfully function in the classroom and interact socially in the wider environment.
Assessment and Certification
Course assessment comprises:
a short Q&A session which will assess understanding of the theoretical component.
3 hours theory
Number of Attendees
Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15
This training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.
Level 2 Accredited certificate from Endeavour Care Training through Advantage Accreditation
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