The Autism Spectrum Condition training programme is a comprehensive three-day course that provides participants with a deep level of knowledge and understanding about Autism Spectrum Condition, its models and presentation, plus the skills and confidence to develop strategies to best support the day-to-day life and work of an autistic person; to manage any behaviours that challenge and to realise their potential.
ARC England are proud to be working in partnership with renowned Independent Autism Consultant Dr John Biddulph to bring you this autism training programme. John is a visiting undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer at University College London, Sheffield Hallam University and the National Autistic Society. He has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist provider of Autism Spectrum Condition ASC (autism and Asperger Syndrome) training, mentoring and diagnostic services.
– Read more about Dr John Biddulph
In the words of Clive Parry, ARC England Director:
“This three-module programme is not an autism awareness course – it goes much further than that and it has been developed and honed over many years so that after attending it, delegates are able to work confidently and effectively and to have a tangible positive impact on the lives of people they support with Autism Spectrum Condition. I have attended this programme myself and everyone I know who has done so has been effusive in their praise and feedback for their time on the course and for the learning it gave them.”
Who is the course for?
The Autism Spectrum Condition training programme is suitable for:
- Anyone who supports a person or people with autism:
– social care workers (frontline staff and managers)
– teachers and education staff
– family members
- Anyone seeking to understand if they or someone they know is on the autism spectrum
- Day/Module 1: Understanding Autism Spectrum Condition (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
- Day/Module 2: Sensory Differences and ASC
- Day/Module 3: Behaviours that Challenge and ASC
Day/Module 1: Understanding Autism Spectrum Condition (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
The first module provides delegates with the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to provide excellent working environments and support for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC: autism and Asperger Syndrome). It will develop their ability to interact with autistic people effectively, identify the underlying reasons for their presentation and, where appropriate, develop and implement strategies to support the quality of day-to-day living, working and long-term planning.
Module 1 objectives and key benefits
- Models of ASC;
- Core information about individuals on the autism spectrum considering characteristics and the notion of a spectrum rather than generalised presentations;
- Information and understanding regarding Social Communication and Flexibility of Thinking including Theory of Mind, Central Coherence and Executive Functioning;
- A brief introduction to sensory differences;
- Effective working practice through informed observation leading to…
- Developing and implementing strategies in an appropriate environment.
Day/Module 2 – Sensory Differences and ASC
Module two provides delegates with the knowledge, understanding, skills, and confidence to provide excellent care and support for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC: autism and Asperger Syndrome). with specific reference to sensory differences and delegates will develop their ability to establish an understanding of their individual sensory profile.
The training will enable delegates to identify the underlying reasons for individual sensory presentations and, where appropriate, develop and implement strategies to support the quality of day-to-day living, working and long-term planning to ameliorate the impact of sensory differences on the individual.
Module 2 objectives and key benefits
- Core information about the sensory presentation of individuals with ASC;
- Detailed information and advanced understanding regarding sensory differences;
- An introduction to auditing and profiling sensory differences;
- The notion of a ‘sensory umbrella’ or ‘sensory diet’;
- Effective working practice through informed observation, recording and case study activities leading to:
- Developing and implementing strategies to support individual sensory presentations in an appropriate environment.
Day/Module 3: Behaviours that Challenge and ASC
Module three provides delegates with the knowledge, understanding, skills, and confidence to provide excellent care and support for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC: autism and Asperger Syndrome) who might present with behaviours that are considered challenging.
Delegates will develop their ability to understand and respond to behaviours that are associated with ASC and to effectively establish a greater understanding of the people they support and how to respond in circumstances which are challenging to staff and other people they are supporting.
The training will enable delegates to identify the underlying reasons for the presentation which is considered to be challenging and, where appropriate, develop and implement strategies to support the quality of day-to-day living and long-term planning through the reduction and ultimate cessation of behaviours that are challenging to others.
Module 3 objectives and key benefits
- To develop an increased understanding of behaviours that challenge associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASC) diagnosis;
- To facilitate the design of frameworks for solving problems [ Observe – Identify – Strategy];
- To explore and develop the capacity to implement a behavioural ‘toolkit’ provided as part of the final session;
- To increase an awareness of your own needs as well as those of the person on the autism spectrum;
- To increase confidence in providing an appropriate environment to support the development of appropriate and positive behaviours.
The Autism Spectrum Condition training programme is delivered as live online training via Zoom.
Course materials and delivery includes information-based presentation inputs, paired and group work, whole group discussion and comprehensive documentation. Participants will be provided with case studies and real-life (with permission) documented examples to work with.
£250 ARC members | £300 non-members
If you would like to express an interest in the course or have any questions please email [email protected].
What people say about the course:
“We invite trainers and lecturers from all over the world and who are leading experts in their fields but this is the first time the entire group of 26 delegates attending the training have given 100% positive feedback in all categories. See you next year.” University College London
“Thank you very much for delivering the training earlier this year, which was incredibly well received. We will be asking you back soon.” National Autistic Society
Feedback from delegates:
“John not only has an extraordinary insight into autism, he has the ability to articulate it superbly well. I would recommend him as a clinician and trainer to anyone who has any contact in any shape or form with a person on the spectrum or thinks they may be on the autism spectrum themselves.”
“Your explanation of ASC was by far the most informative and effective session I’ve ever experienced.”
“Just want to say such a big thank you for Wednesday. I can honestly say it is the most positive process I’ve ever experienced. It’s the first time I’ve come out of such a day feeling empowered and above all filled with much hope for the future of the autistic people I support.”
“I am extremely grateful that my expectations were certainly fulfilled, and your style and interaction helped me enormously.”
“Very many thanks for coming to talk to us on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed it so much. It was not only very informative but very entertaining as well!”
“You have given us a deeper insight into Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and cleared up a lot of the myths that you talked about.”
John’s colleague Marianna Murin, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, says:
“Having specialised in the field of Autism Spectrum for over twenty years, I am yet to meet a professional who would give the same level of every resource needed to fully embrace the unique experience of each individual on the neuro-spectrum quite like John does.
Exceptional dedication, depth of insight and expertise, talent of clinical observation, thoughtfulness, sensitive approach and most importantly – wonderful sense of humour and unconditional compassion and humanity are just few among many qualities that describe John’s approach. But what sets his work apart is the gift of seeing the passions and strengths of each individual.
For anyone seeking understanding if they might be on the Autism Spectrum or about those they support who are, insight into how to manage their sensory differences, or how to realise their potential, I could not recommend John strongly enough. I have learned more about the Autism Spectrum from working with John for a year than from years of studying, and for this, I will always be grateful to him.”