Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Awareness

Ref: C3530997

We will look at what sensory issues are, how they can impact on a child's behaviour and the way the child may experience the world, and simple actions to help meet the child's 'sensory diet'. We will explore the impact of AS on a child's emotions and how best to meet the child's emotional needs. We will particularly look at the causes of outbursts for children on the autistic spectrum and suggest ways to help the child manage these. Participants will learn about what a social story is, and learn how to put together their on effective social stories to help a child on the autistic spectrum understand and cope with day to day necessities. The course is also an opportunity for parents / carers share experiences and ideas on parenting a child on the spectrum. For this course we will be focussing on children with high-functioning autism, though anyone is welcome to attend.

Course aim

This course will explore what the autistic spectrum is. Specifically it will look at the key characteristics or behaviours that are typical for children on the autistic spectrum and how they may impact on the child's behaviour.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is open both to parents / carers who are looking after a child on the autistic spectrum, and those who are simply interested to find out more about this condition.

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

  • To understand what it means to be on the Autistic Spectrum
  • To understand what sensory needs are and ways to meet these needs
  • To understand the causes of emotional outbursts in children on the autistic spectrum and ways to help the child manage these
  • To understand what a social story is and be able to effectively create one for use with your own child

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Awareness

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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