Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Adult Skills & Training
This course runs at any time
This learning opportunity will give you an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism. You will look at the person-centred approach and the influence that positive communication methods can have. You will also gain an understanding of how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.
Unit 1: Introduction to autism
You will gain a comprehensive introduction to autism by looking at theories and uncovering what is meant by ‘autism’ using academic theories. You will also explore how autism develops and methods of working with those affected. In addition, you will look at common misconceptions surrounding autism and conditions that may develop alongside autism.
Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
You will cover how to use a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the unique preferences and needs of the individual. You will also examine legislation and guidance on autism, as well as the support networks available to individuals and their families.
Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
You will gain an understanding of the delays and difficulties in speech, language and social development often faced by individuals with autism. You will also cover strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual who has autism.
Unit 4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
You will gain an in-depth understanding of sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism, including hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. You will also consider how to support the many unique sensory needs of individuals with autism.
Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
You will acquire an understanding of an individual's behaviour in the context of autism. You will also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals develop coping strategies.
Unit 6: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
You will learn how to provide effective support throughout periods of transition, how to maintain the personal safety of others, and how to access the wealth of services, facilities and employment opportunities open to people living with autism. You will also gain an understanding of what it is like for an individual to live with autism, including their experiences and their challenges.