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Online course- Understanding Autism

13/11/2017 - 13/12/2017

Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is autism… and does it exist?
  • Social communication skills
  • Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum
  • Lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain what autism is, and evaluate whether it really exists
  • Identify social communication skills and explain what happens if they do not develop as expected
  • Summarise knowledge of sensory and repetitive behaviours, and whether such behaviours are advantages or disadvantages
  • Explain why many people on the autism spectrum have co-occurring conditions
  • Identify the origins of strengths and difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum
  • Explore and discuss lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

Who is the course for?

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

Who will you learn with?

Tony Osgood

Tony is a senior lecturer at the Tizard Centre, part of the University of Kent. He specialises in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour. He is interested in human service organisations

Fiona Gullon-Scott

I am An Associate Lecturer with the Tizard Centre and an Academic Tutor with the University of Newcastle. A Chartered Psychologist, I have specialised in autism spectrum conditions for over 22 years.

Dr Jill Bradshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and a Speech/Language Therapist -Tizard Centre, University of Kent. She has been working in this field for 25 year

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.


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