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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 enjoyed the variety of tasks that were given after each module to enable you to remain on task.
JC 21/05/2014

I thought that the examples helped when explaining things. e.g. when the child went to look at the clock. I found it useful to have an example.
EW 29/05/2014

The layout was very easy to use, also the use of examples kept it very interesting. I have been on my Autism courses, but found this online course very useful.
CB 31/05/2014

I liked the visuals of different scenarios and how an autistic person may perceive them. Also making you aware of how situations are perceived.
SS 08/06/2014

Very informative, giving examples to better understand the points and information being relayed. Definately recommended.
RO 09/07/2014

I thought the course covered all areas and with a child myself awaiting ASD diagnosis, these modules were very helpful.
CHY 24/07/2014

Tests at the end of each module so that you can see how much understanding you have learnt during training.
LA 19/08/2014

The adaptions to the environment information was useful, also the strategies to be used with children with autism.
AB 03/10/2014

There was a range of learning techniques used to prevent the learner just reading through the information.
SE 29/01/2015

Very well categorized, full of information and key relevance and very interesting! Learnt an awful lot from this module
MM 28/02/2015

it had visual cues and interactive portions which I respond well to
EH 26/03/2015

It was laid out well and easy for me who is not that great on computers to follow!
EM 01/04/2015

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

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


£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT)

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact info@virtual-college.co.uk or telephone us on 01943 885089.

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