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An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum

An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
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Overview - An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum

With 1 in 100 children on the total autism spectrum, it is important that anyone who comes into contact with children and may encounter someone on the autism spectrum has an understanding of the condition.

As a result, this e-learning module aims to provide learners with a basic awareness of the autism spectrum and help to dispel many of the myths associated with the condition.

On completion, learners will have an increased awareness of the main characteristics of behaviour which children on the autism spectrum can commonly display, as well as an understanding of the strategies available to support these.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Recognise the main characteristics of behaviour for people on the autism spectrum
  • Understand the triad of impairment
  • Understand the range of the spectrum
  • Appreciate the particular differences of understanding language with people on the autism spectrum
  • Understand the need to backup spoken language visually to help understanding
  • Appreciate the importance of routine and predictability for people on the autism spectrum
  • Understand the complexity of social interaction
  • Appreciate the sensory differences of people on the autism spectrum

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • The Triad of Impairment and Autism Spectrum
  • Support Strategies for the Three Areas of the Triad
  • Sensory Issues and the Autism Spectrum Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is targeted at anyone who comes into contact with children and who may encounter someone on the autism spectrum.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


I liked that it was broken down into sections. I liked that you could stop at any point and return to the point you left at. The information was very accessible and I liked that examples were given to illustrate the point.
25/10/2015 NM
I really enjoyed this course and found it very interesting. I think we need more education for when we deal with Autistic children/people as this has shown me how confusing and hard it can be for them and if we have the appropriate training we can help to ease that for them
25/09/2015 SR
I liked that I could work through it at my own pace, and could do so over a few weeks.
09/09/2015 TM
It was very user friendly and easy to navigate. As this was my first E-learning experience I didn't know what to expect but it couldn't have been easier to navigate through the modules and questions
01/09/2015 MW
It was clear and easy to understand although I read the joining the dots report thinking it was part of the introduction module.
25/08/2015 JM
I liked that I could pick it up and continue from where I left off without having to save anything. Quick and straightforward.
21/08/2015 LS div>
I liked the detailed descriptions under each heading such as clicking on the options for oversensitive/under sensitive sections. How each one varies, very easy to understand and read
MF 18/08/2015
The visual aspects of the course made it more interactive and engaging, rather than it all being text to read. The quizzes at the end of each module were good as you could gage which areas needed improvement
RC 30/07/2015
I liked how the whole thing was presented and the fact that you could leave it and return to it later as this made it easier to fit around daily life
JC 27/07/2015
I have tried other learning providers online on a different subject and found their content very boring and struggled to get through a module, I ended up not bothering with it. This however, was much better, it was visually stimulating, easy to read, and easy to understand
LW 30/05/2015
l liked everything, the choice of having audio sound helped me and the visuals were easy to understand, l enjoyed doing the questions after each module. l believe this course should be available for friends and family of anyone who has a child with Autism to help give them a better understanding of the diagnosis. l struggle to explain to some people why my son behaves in such a way, and they look upon him as just been a naughty child or awkward. If they did this course they would understand l am not just making excuses for his behaviour
FM 28/04/2015
Completing the module in my own time was very beneficial, being able to finish one module quitting and then going back later
DH 14/04/2015
It was laid out well and easy for me who is not that great on computers to follow
EM 01/04/2015
it had visual cues and interactive portions which I respond well to
EH 26/03/2015
Very well categorized, full of information and key relevance and very interesting! Learnt an awful lot from this module
MM 28/02/2015
There was a range of learning techniques used to prevent the learner just reading through the information
SE 29/01/2015

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the system works; if you want a more detailed guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

£30.00 + VAT

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On average this course contributes 1 - 2 hours towards your CPD


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