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Autism Awareness Diploma Course

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This comprehensive course, written and developed by a leading authority on Autism, will teach you everything that you need to know about Autism, what it is, how to spot the signs and symptoms, diagnosing Autism, the gender differences in Autism, treatments, therapies, interventions and strategies, how to make reasonable adjustments, adults and children with Autism and Inclusion.


Autism and it is estimated to affect one in every hundred people in the UK, although in the US their current estimate is one in every sixty-eight people. Autism is a neurological condition which means that the Autistic Brain is organised in a different way. There is no cure, and it affects the way someone with Autism sees, perceives and processes the world around them. The impact of Autism is individual – every person with the condition will have a different set of symptoms and difficulties. However, common to all with Autism are poorer social skills affecting how they communicate and interact with others.

  • Autism is a Spectrum Disorder, meaning that every child with the condition is likely to present with different symptoms, different challenges, and a differing level of severity
  • Certain disabilities increase the risk of also being diagnosed with Autism
  • Once an Autism Diagnosis is made, there are several other neurological conditions which may also be present.
  • To be diagnosed with Autism, a person must meet The Triad of Impairment criteria, and be seen to have difficulties with all three of the following – communication, imagination and interaction.
  • The rates of Autism Diagnoses has risen very steeply in recent decade, leading many to believe that there is an epidemic. The more likely reason for this increase is due to better diagnostic criteria and better awareness of the condition.
  • Leo Kanner wrote a paper in 1943, describing a condition he named “Autism”, however his diagnostic criteria were so narrow that it was believed to only affect one in every five thousand children.
  • Hans Asperger wrote another paper on the same condition a year later in 1944, but was not widely distributed until the 1970s.
  • Lorna Wing redefined the diagnostic criteria in the late 1970s, inventing the Triad of Impairment

Frequently Asked Questions

The Autism Awareness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus:

Module 1: What is Autism?

  • Definition of Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Gender Differences
  • Early Intervention
  • Age at Diagnosis
  • A “Spectrum” Disorder
  • Likelihood of Intellectual Impairment in Autism
  • Disabilities which increase Autism RIsk
  • Co-morbidities
  • The Triad of Impairments
  • Increasing Prevalence of Autism
  • History of Autism
    • Leo Kanner
    • Hans Asperger
    • Lorna Wing
    • Asperger’s Syndrome
    • The Camberwell Study
  • The apparent Autism Epidemic
  • Autism and Vaccinations
  • Autism Parents

Module 2: Getting Started

  • The Triad of Impairment
  • Communication
  • Interaction
  • Imagination
  • Communication Impairments
  • Common Receptive Speech Difficulties
    • Double Meanings
    • Idiomatic Speech
    • Idiomatic Speech
    • Similar Sounding Words
    • Humour
  • Common Expressive Speech Difficulties
    • Poor speech skills
    • Echolalia
    • Speaking for too long
    • Long replies
    • Incomplete sentences
    • Single word use to cover several meanings
  • Tone of Voice and Vocal Modulation
  • Non-Spoken Communication
  • People with ASD can be sociable
  • Social Interaction Impairments, such as
    • Eye contact
    • Facial Expressions
    • Touch
    • Unresponsive
    • As if in a world of their
    • Pulling or tugging
    • Staring
    • Withdrawal
    • Poor empathy
    • Turn-taking
    • Single focus on a special
    • Inability to form relationships or friendships
  • Impairment of Imagination
    • Play
    • Literal Thinking
    • Theory of Mind
    • Inability to lie
  • Autism and Emotions
  • Social skills, isolation and bullying
  • Adults with Autism
  • Neurodiversity
  • “Different, not Less”
  • High-Achievers with Autism
  • Autism – A disorder, a difference, a condition or a disability?

Module 3: Autism Symptoms

  • Sensory Issues
  • Processing information from our senses
  • Sensory Overload
  • Filtering
  • Sensory Avoiders
  • Sensory Seekers
  • Signs of Sensory Avoidance
  • Signs of sensory seekers
  • Sensory issues often judged as poor behaviour
  • Food Issues – Sensory Avoiders
  • Food Issues – Sensory Seekers
  • Repetitive Behaviours and Obsessions
  • Obsessions or intense interests
  • Anxieties
  • Routines and rituals
  • Meltdowns, Anger and Aggression
  • Meltdowns and tantrums – are they the same?
  • Meltdown Triggers
  • Difference between Tantrums and Meltdowns
  • Tantrums
  • Why they happen
  • What they look like
  • Tantrums as Power Struggle
  • Retention of Self-Control
  • The Purpose of a Tantrum
  • Retention of Self-Awareness
  • Tantrums – a natural part of growing up
  • Meltdowns – anger and aggression
  • Absence of Self-Control and Self-Awareness
  • Triggers
  • Theory of Mind
  • Sensory Triggers
  • Medical Cause
  • The Frightening Intensity of Meltdowns
  • Characteristics of a Meltdown
  • Meltdown Calming Strategies
  • Meltdown Prevention
  • Impact of Meltdowns on the rest of the Family
  • Why conventional Parenting Strategies and Sanctions don’t work
  • Behaviour as Communication
  • Social Stigma

Module 4: Diagnosing Autism

  • Age of Diagnosis
  • Pre-School Developmental Screening
  • GP Referral
  • Diagnosis in School Age Children
  • National Plan for Autism in Children
  • The Diagnostic Assessment Process
  • Diagnostic Report
  • Second Opinions
  • Private Assessments
  • Diagnosis Procedures for Adults

Module 5: Gender Differences in Autism

  • Autism Boy to Girl Ratio
  • Higher proportion of Autistic Girls with Severe Learning Disabilities. Why?
  • Some of the theories
    • Female genetic protection
    • Underdiagnosis in Girls
    • Different social-skills
    • Girls obsessions are less likely to be recognised as such
    • Imagination
    • Alternative diagnoses are more likely
    • Mimicry and modelling
    • Communication skills
  • Female friendship patterns in primary school
    • Taken under the wing of a nurturing friendship group
    • Developing a one-on-one friendship with a more vulnerable or younger child
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Disruptive behaviours
  • More Common Female Behaviourial Symptoms
    • Perfectionism
    • Controlling Patterns in Playing with Others
    • Demand Avoidance
    • Eating Disorders
    • Factual and Information Based Communication
  • Male-centric bias of diagnostic tools
  • ASD Girls and High School
    • Changing Friendship Dynamics
    • Less Nurturing Environment
    • Disinterest in Fashion and Cosmetics
    • Autistic Difference more noticeable in older age group
  • Later diagnosis in girls
  • Misdiagnosis in girls
  • Male/Female vocal tone differences
  • Selective Mutism

Module 6: Autism Treatments, Therapies, Interventions and Strategies

  • Different Approaches
  • Therapies
  • Intensive Programmes
  • TEACCH (Treatment & Education of Autistic & Communication-Handicapped Children)
  • ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis)
  • The Spell Framework
  • (Structure, Positive {approaches & Expectations} Empathy, Low Arousal, Links)
    • Structure
    • Positive (approaches and expectations)
    • Empathy
    • Low arousa
  • Early Bird Programme for Parents
  • Portage
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Medication
    • Epilepsy
    • Sleep disturbances
    • ADHD
    • Depression
    • Severe and aggressive challenging behaviour
  • Specific Non Therapeutic Interventions and Strategies
    • PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System
    • Social Skills Groups
    • Visual Timetables
    • Timers
    • Social Stories
    • Sensory Stories
    • Sensory Rooms
    • Early Intervention

Module 7: Making Reasonable Adjustments

  • Changes to the way things are done
  • Changes to a physical feature of the premises
  • The provision of extra services or equipment
  • In what circumstances do reasonable adjustments have to be made?
  • How to decide whether reasonable adjustments should be made?
  • How to decide what types of reasonable adjustments can be offered
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments within schools
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments within the workplace

Module 8: Suppliers

  • Adults with Autism
  • Undiagnosed Adults
  • Misdiagnosed Adults
  • Autism Advocacy
  • Neurodiversity
  • What is “Normal”?
  • Neuro-typical
  • Employment
  • Common Adult Autism Symptoms
    1. Relationships and Friendships
    2. Sensory Processing Disorders
    3. Stimming or repetitive behaviours
    4. Inability to empathise easily
    5. Shared jokes and humour
    6. Reading body language of others
    7. Eye contact
    8. Structure and Routine
    9. Sleep Issues
    10. Single Focus Topics
    11. Anxiety
  • Diagnosis in Adulthood
  • Care and Support available to ASD Adults

Module 9: Inclusion

  • What does inclusion mean?
  • Is Inclusion solely an Education issue?
  • Base Units
  • Inclusion in non-education environments
  • The Medical and Social Models of Disability
  • The Medical Model
  • The Social Model
  • How thinking differs between the two models
  • Where are we now?
  • What next?
  • How the medical and social models of disability impact on Autism
  • What Inclusion is NOT
  • What great inclusion can look like
  • Achieving Universal Inclusion
  • Inclusion in the Workplace
  • 10 strengths that people with Autism add to society

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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