1.  Autism and me


Learn about the characteristics of children with autism -  communication, social interaction, thinking and sensory processing.

  • You will have a profile of your child and their specific strengths and needs to share with others.

  • Ideally, you will work with other people who know the child to collect this information.


At the end of each section, you will complete an activity for the child you support to identify how they understand, respond and are unique in each of the characteristics.  This information is used during the last module to develop a profile that you can share with others. 

2.  How can we help? 


Use your profile to develop goals to suit your child.  There are many evidence-based strategies that support children with autism throughout their day and across the curriculum.​   There are hundreds of strategies for all ages, stages and individual situations.

These goals and supports will provide the framework for an emotional regulation plan for the final course – Supporting behaviour. 

3. Supporting behaviour


Learn about the challenges of regulation for children with autism.  An environment which is rich in communication, social and sensory surprises might be like finding yourself inside a new game or movie.  Experiences that students can’t make any sense of can cause anxiety, and problem behaviour. 


You will:

  • Develop an emotional regulation plan to support your child in their environment(s)

  • Learn some strategies to understand and support their behaviour

How does it work


This course is free until the end of March 2022.  

You will need to sign up to the Open Learning platform to complete it.