Training Course

Understanding and supporting autistic people in Higher Education

30 October 2019, Newcastle

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About the course


This one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic students at university.

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 students.

Providing learners have a degree, this course meets the BIS criteria for university mentors and non-medical helpers. Visit the DSA-QAG (Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group) for the full criteria.



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?
  • Causes of anxiety and stress
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  • What happens at university for autistic students
  • Introduction to the SPELL framework – strategies to adapt your practice and environment and make them more autism-friendly.

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Mandy Rutter

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 MEA House in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ellison Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne


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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.


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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 university staff who support autistic students and want to know more about autism and supportive approaches. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of university mentors and non-medical helpers, in line with the BIS criteria.

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The course was a brilliant top up and gave me some very valuable information.

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To secure your place register now to avoid disappointment.

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