Training Course

Understanding and supporting autistic people

5 November 2019, Edinburgh

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About the course


An introduction to autism, supportive strategies and the SPELL framework, this one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic children and adults. SPELL is a framework for understanding and responding to autistic people’s needs. It will allow you to develop better practice and use evidence-based strategies to support autistic children and adults.

This course combines our popular individual courses on understanding autism and the SPELL framework into one day. It goes into less depth than the individual courses, but suits many organisations with limited time. If you’re unsure which course will suit you, our training team will be very happy to help. If you require this training as part of the BIS criteria for university mentors and non-medical helpers, read about our course for higher education professionals.



Shauna Fleming E: T: +44 (0) 300 303 4313

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National Autistic Society Training Courses
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Key topics

Some of the key topics this course will cover include:

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  • The main areas of difference in autism (social communication and interaction, sensory processing, information processing)
  • How does autism affect people’s lives?
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  • Causes of anxiety and stress
  • Introduction to the SPELL framework.
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Mandy is an Autism Training Consultant. She began her career as a primary school teacher and then worked with children with learning disabilities in a large residential school. Following this, she then moved into working with young adults in residential services, becoming a team leader. In 1996, Mandy began her career with The National Autistic Society as a manager of a day resource and independent living service for young autistic adults in Northamptonshire, instituting the SPELL framework at the service. With this experience, she began training other staff and then took on a role as an autism training consultant in 2002. Mandy’s main role is training across a wide customer base, providing consultancy support, teaching on HE courses and developing training materials. She also recently worked on a large consultancy project overseas.

"I have many favourite parts to my job. Most recently it has been the opportunity to work with a staff team over many months and see how training and support resulted in them developing best practice and autistic children being happy learners."
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The course will be held at Jurys Inn Edinburgh in Edinburgh.

43 Jeffrey Street


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Why Attend?

  • This course brings together knowledge about autism and practical approaches that will help you immediately in your work.
  • You will meet fellow practitioners and work with a National Autistic Society trainer who has many years’ experience of supporting autistic people.
  • On completion of the course you can join Network Autism, our online professionals’ forum.
  • Gain a CPD certificate to contribute to ongoing development plans.


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Course Fee £185 + VAT

This includes:

  • training booklet and information provided for each delegate
  • opportunity to hear autistic perspectives; this may be through films, quotes from autistic people or the inclusion of a speaker by experience
  • signposting to relevant literature and resources.
  • certificate of attendance for your CPD records
  • lunch and refreshments.

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Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anyone who works with autistic children or adults and wants to know more about autism and supportive approaches.


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I am more aware now of new strategies to use when communicating with people who have autism.

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To secure your place register now to avoid disappointment.

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