Understanding Autism

With Autism Awareness Week in mind, we wanted to highlight all the useful information, stories, resources and more that PACEY provides for supporting children on the Autistic spectrum. Although most children go through common stages of child development, each child that enters your setting will be unique. 

According to Richard Maguire "Autism is a way of being human, a way of living, fascinating and quite unlike the life of most people, we are focused passionate and often quite disorganised."

Developing awareness and understanding of children with autism spectrum disorder is paramount and exploring the potential impacts on the child means they can have development catered towards their needs and learning style. 

Real Stories

PACEY facilitator Annie Grady has two sons with Autism, both on different areas of the spectrum and needing different care. She tells her story.

Richard Maguire wrote a piece 'Not all black and white: an inspiring insight from author Richard Maguire on growing up with autism' in our Summer issue of Childcare Professional about living with Autism and support he needed. 

The lovely video below gives a great introduction to Autism, raising awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and tolerance in future generations.

Video by Amazing Autism Project

PACEY training for Autism

What is the aim of the 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.

Can I do the course?

This course is suitable for all childcare professionals in England and Wales.

Why should I do the course?

There are a number of key learning aspects you will encounter through this course:

  • Understanding the correct terminology to use to describe a condition that a child may have. 
  • Awareness and understanding of the children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • The potential impact autism may have on a child's communication and social learning.
  • Recognition of what a child can do and their interests to allow planning. 
  • Understand the range of children that may come into your setting. 
  • Working with families: how to consider the needs and wishes of families. 
  •  The importance of working in partnership with parents. 
  • Areas to consider and where you can go for help and advice.
  • Exploring challenges and helpful strategies to understand the world through the eyes of the child. 
  • Reflecting on practice, explore support options. 
  • Making sure resources, policy and legislation are up to date. 
Is it free and how to I access it?*

This training is free for members or £19.99 for non members. 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.

Additional resources

Member testimonials  

"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."

"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"

"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."

*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.

Do you have a story about Autism you wish to share? Let us know.