Autistic Spectrum Disorder Training

Free development opportunities currently including training & professional networks:

Please see current offerings below

For further information on Autism Training please email trainingenquiries@gloucestershire.gov.uk

For more information on Autism see our page about Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autism Training Programme

A free multi-layered programme for people working to support adults with autism. Our autism training programme is open to all Health and Social Care staff in Gloucestershire including those in the Voluntary and Independent sector.

The content for these training sessions has recently been updated in line with the updated Autism strategy 'Think Autism'.

For further information on Autism Training please see details above.

Basic Awareness Induction

E-Learning package: Understanding Autism

Free to access for anyone living or working in Gloucestershire.

You will need a user name and password for the Kwango E-learning programmes
Please email trainingenquiries@gloucestershire.gov.uk for a copy of our e-learning brochure and details of the user name and password.

Level 1 - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Awareness

This 3 hour face to face course delivered by a specialist autism trainer provides an introduction to the autistic spectrum. Recognising and understanding the key areas of difficulty experienced by individuals on the autistic spectrum is vital to providing effective support.

You must complete the 'Understanding Autism' e-learning programme prior to attendance (See 'Basic Awareness Induction' for details of how to access this)

You can update level 1 training by re-visiting the e-learning package.

Booking onto a course

There are two routes for Level 2 training - see below:

Level 2 - Supporting Adults with Autism 

This one day training session is for people who want to go on and further their knowledge having attended Level 1, it develops delegates' understanding of autism. It focuses on providing effective support for adults with autism, using the National Autistic Society's evidence based SPELL framework. (STRUCTURE, POSITIVE, EMPATHY, LOW AROUSAL, LINKS)

It will look at:

  • Enhancing motivation, confidence and self- esteem and enabling people with autism to make a positive contribution.
  • Promoting choice and control for the individual.
  • Understanding behaviours which can inhibit progress or impair quality of life or health
  • Understanding the importance of the environment and knowledge of ways to enhance concentration or remove distractions                                       
  • Understanding of communication strategies to support people with autism
  • Placing the individual at the centre of thinking about autism and matching support to meet the person's needs
  • An overview of key laws and policies relating to supporting an adult with autism and what they mean in practice
  • Sources of further information or advice to aid supporting an individual with autism.

You need to have attended Level 1 - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Awareness training prior to attendance.

Booking onto a course

Autistic Spectrum Disorder for Practitioners (For Specialist roles only)

Level 2 - Autistic Spectrum Disorder for Practitioners undertaking social care assessments

This one day programme is aimed specifically at Social Workers, Advanced practitioners, and all other roles that directly undertake adult social care assessments.

The session develops delegates' understanding of autism and associated policy and looks at how to use the NAS's SPELL (Structure, Positive, Empathy, Low arousal, Links) framework to undertake effective social care assessments for people with autism.

By the end of this session, each participant will:

  • Be able to identify areas for improvement using the SPELL framework
  • Have a better awareness of how to structure information for people with autism
  • Be able to focus on the more positive aspects of each person
  • Have a better understanding of some of the difficulties people face
  • Have a clearer knowledge of the impact of environmental factors
  • Be aware of the benefits of collating and sharing information.

Booking onto a course

Autism Professionals Forum

This forum is a dynamic group for professionals and practitioners in Gloucestershire, providing space to share good practice, discuss practical strategies and develop autism skills and knowledge.

It meets four times a year, with a different focus for each meeting - previous topics have included women and girls, sensory needs, and autism and anxiety.

Meetings are jointly facilitated by someone with autism and a specialist trainer, and enable exploration of new learning, networking with fellow professionals and discussion of challenges.

To book a place at the forum contact: lucy.skye@nas.org.uk 

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