The Autism for Educators - Level 3 Course aims to develop your understanding of autism and gives anybody in a education capacity the ability to be effective when working with Autistic individuals. More than 1 in 100 children now are diagnosed with autism, although this figure is increasing all the time and it is likely that many more children remain undiagnosed.

This means that autism is found in most schools. Larger schools will have several children with autism at any given time. As awareness increases and diagnostic criteria change, it is likely that all classrooms will have at least one child with autism in future.

Children on the autistic spectrum think and experience the world and other people differently, resulting in them misinterpreting and misunderstanding. Educators therefore, need to be aware of how they can best support children on the autistic spectrum to receive an appropriate education, get along with others, and function independently in the world.

Wherever possible, children with autism should be educated in a mainstream school, which means that classrooms must be inclusive, balancing the needs of the autistic child with the needs of others, creating an appropriate learning environment for all. Other children with autism may need to be educated in independent schools, residential schools, special needs schools or schools for gifted children.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: What is Autism?

The following topics are covered: Triad of Impairments, Problems with social interaction, Problems with social communication and language, Problems with social imagination, Sensory problems, Asperger’s Syndrome, Conditions related to autism.

  • Unit 2: Autism and Education

The following topics are covered: Key principles of good practice in education, Recognising ASC’s in Schools.

  • Unit 3: What is Challenging Behaviour?

The following topics are covered: Autism and behaviour, Behaviours, Defining challenging behaviour, Who displays challenging behaviour? What behaviours are challenging? Social model of disability, Causes of challenging behaviour, Communication and challenging behaviour, The relationship between pain and challenging behaviour, Challenging behaviour and quality of life.

  • Unit 4: Learning Styles and Autism

The following topics are covered: Importance of learning style, Neuro-typical children and learning styles, Auditory learning style and autism, Which approach works best?

  • Unit 5: Supporting Understanding of Other People

The following topics are covered: Using eyes for communication, Feeling other people’s emotions, Making and maintaining friends and relationships, Understanding other people think differently than us, Understanding facial expressions and body language, Play, One to one settings, Group settings, During class time.

  • Unit 6: Supporting Communication

The following topics are covered: Visual communication, Intensive interaction, Verbal communication, Awareness of own communication.

  • Unit 7: Building Positive relationships and Achieving Diversity

The following topics are covered: Bullying, Why are children with autism vulnerable to bullying? Positive relationships, The circle of friends approach.

  • Unit 8: Supporting Work and the Curriculum

The following topics are covered: The hidden curriculum, The planned curriculum, The National Curriculum, Supporting Literacy, Supporting Numeracy, Support during IT, Support throughout the school day.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Autism Awareness For Educators Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualifications-and-assessments/qualification-frameworks/levels-of-qualifications/.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (NCC Resources) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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