An Introduction to Autism (World Autism Awareness Week)

Ref: C3533109

It is estimated that 1:100 individuals in the UK are autistic. Figures for the number of people who are diagnosed with autism globally, are variable, but it is widely acknowledged that the number of people who are diagnosed as autistic is rising. However, although our knowledge of autism is increasing, autism remains one of the most enigmatic and complex 'conditions' to explain. For example, what do we mean by 'the autism spectrum?'. Is there really a 'triad of impairments'? Where do our ideas about autism come from? How can we make society more inclusive for autistic people? and Why are more males than females diagnosed with autism? In this lecture, each of the topics above will be discussed, leading to a basic understanding of autism and a hunger to know more

Course aim

This lecture will provide a brief introduction to the history and characteristics of autism.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • define the term autism.
  • be able to list at least three characteristics of autism
  • understand what is meant by the autism spectrum
  • understand what is meant by the triad of impairments.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is a live interactive session, so an internet connection will be required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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An Introduction to Autism (World Autism Awareness Week)

Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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