An introduction to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Although most children go through common stages of child development, each child that enters your setting will be unique.

What's the aim of this course?

This course will help you understand more about Autistic Spectrum Disorder and how to support the children and families in your care who might be affected by it.

Who's the course for?

All childcare professionals in England and Wales.

Why should I do the course?

Working in partnership with parents is essential to help you identify and meet the individual needs of each child in your care. It's quite normal to be worried or concerned about the correct terminology to use to describe a condition that a child may have. It's good practice to check both with the parents and, where possible, the child as to the terminology they prefer. The course begins by looking at how to do this, and the term "autism".

This course provides you with awareness and understanding of children with autism spectrum disorder, exploring the potential impact this may have on a child's communication and social learning.

Recognising what a child can do and what interests them allows you to plan for their individual needs. The course looks at the children that might attend your setting - from those with a specific diagnosis to those where you have concerns that their development is less than expected.   

Considering the needs and wishes of families is crucial to providing an inclusive setting. You may have parents with experience of autism spectrum disorder or those who are just coming to terms with the condition. The next part of the course discusses things to consider and where you can go for help and advice. You'll also explore challenges and helpful strategies for understanding the world through the eyes of a child.

In the last section, as well as reflecting on your practice, you will also explore strategies to support children. Reflecting on your practice allows you to critically evaluate how you do things, what resources you have and check that you are up to date with policy and legislation.

How to access your training*

Log in to MyPACEY to be transferred into our online training platform. You can then start the free training courses and do them on any internet-enabled device. Further courses are available to buy, depending on your membership type.

*If your membership type doesn't entitle you to this free course, you can buy it at just £14.99. 

If you're not yet a member of PACEY, you can either join now, or you can buy this course separately, for £19.99 by calling 0300 003 0005.

Here's what our members thought   

"The learning platform was brilliant. I knew nothing about Autism until completing this short course. I would definitely take on a child with Autism any day now. Many thanks."

"Easy to use. I did gain some insight into some use of language I hadn't considered, such as having one rather than many names for items, for example jacket/coat."

"Fantastic! This course provided me with everything I need to spot signs of autism, understand the autistic child better and adjust my setting to help the autistic child"