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An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum

Overview - An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum Course

Autistic spectrum disorder affects more than 2.8 million people in the UK, including patients and their loved ones, on a daily basis.

This is according to statistics from the National Autistic Society, which show that more than one in 100 members of the population are on the autistic spectrum overall.

The term autism refers to a range of social, language and communication problems. Some people on the autistic spectrum have very few symptoms, meaning their condition can go unrecognised. It is not unusual for people to be diagnosed with autism in adulthood.

However, for others, the condition can be so severe that they are unable to participate in society.

Autism awareness needs to increase among the population to ensure that everyone on the autism spectrum is able to get the support they need, and so that any stigmas around the condition are dispelled.

This is particularly important for anyone who works with children, as spotting the signs of autism and finding ways to deal with them early on can help to prevent the condition from adversely affecting a young person throughout the rest of their life.

Why take this course?

The Virtual College An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum e-learning course is designed to provide people who work with children with a basic understanding of the autism spectrum.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognise the main characteristics of behaviour for people on the autism spectrum
  • Understand the triad of impairment
  • Understand the range of the autistic 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 for people with autism
  • Appreciate the sensory differences of people on the autism spectrum

Who is this course for?

This e-learning course is for anyone who works closely with children or in a capacity where they might encounter someone on the autism spectrum; for example, teachers, youth workers, carers, nurses and even customer service professionals.

Course lesson plan

An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Introduction
  • The triad of impairment and the autism spectrum
  • Support strategies for the three areas of the triad
  • Sensory issues and the autism spectrum summary

Course accreditation

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


After completing this course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate to print and keep for your records.

Course duration

An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed and how quickly you absorb the study material.

With our Learning Management System, Enable, you can proceed at whatever speed you like, with your progress automatically saved as you go.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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