Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a person with Asperger Syndrome looks like?
This delightful training resource is based on a series of postcards that offer an insight from moments in the life of a young woman with Asperger Syndrome.
Understanding Autism is based on the premise that learning from the experience of someone on the autism spectrum can help those who support individuals to understand and to adapt their approach and therefore achieve better outcomes.
The postcards that supplement this training pack (and are included within the resource) are showcased within PowerPoint slides and offer an introduction to key concepts, specific learning points, or explanations of activities to supplement learning.
The training pack meets the stated learning outcomes in the Skills for Care Autism Skills and Knowledge List (2011a) focusing particularly on the first three levels:
- Underpinning values and attitudes
- Basic awareness
- Intermediate knowledge and skills
As such, it incorporates the requirements of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), with each session cross-referenced to the stated learning outcomes in the following autism specific knowledge units:
- LD210 – introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions
- LD310 – understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
- LD510 – promote good practice in the support of individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
Postcards from an Aspie World will also be available separately for families, groups, and individuals to use them for discussion about their own lives and situations.
Understanding Autism: A training pack for support staff and professionals based on ‘Postcards from Aspie World’ is an integral resource for professionals who support individuals with autism.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Learning disability nurses
Speech and language therapists
Advocates and volunteers.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 01 April 2016
Session 1: Understanding autism
• Welcome and introduction to autism and the resource
• Exercise 1 – The autism spectrum
• Exercise 2 – Key characteristics of autism
Session 2: Autism in a wider context
• Exercise 3 – Autism and the individual
• Exercise 4 – Coexisting conditions
• Exercise 5 – Getting a diagnosis
Session 3: Supporting individuals with autism: the ‘triad”
• Exercise 6 – Supporting someone with communication
• Exercise 7 – Supporting someone with interaction
• Exercise 8 – Supporting someone with flexible thinking
Session 4: Supporting individuals with autism: sensory sensitivity and routines
• Exercise 9 – Supporting someone with sensory sensitivity
• Exercise 10 – Supporting someone with routines
Session 5: Supporting individuals with autism: anxiety and difficult behaviours
• Exercise 11 – Supporting someone with anxiety
• Exercise 12 – Supporting someone with difficult behaviours
Session 6: Supporting individuals with autism; independence and equality
• Exercise 13 – An independent life
• Exercise 14 – Access to services and employment
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