Training Course

Understanding and supporting autistic people in Higher Education

9 January 2020, Manchester

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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: [email protected] 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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Ruth is our Trainer Consultant for the Active for Autism project, delivering our enhanced courses in Autism and Physical Activity. Whilst studying for her MSc in Autism & Related Conditions, her work concentrated greatly on researching the sensory aspect of autism. Ruth also delivers our Autism Awareness, SPELL and Sensory Considerations courses.  Most importantly for Ruth, she is the proud mother of a child on the autism spectrum, her son being her inspiration behind everything.

"My passion in life is to increase people’s understanding of autism. I feel very fortunate to work for the NAS and thoroughly enjoy my role within the training team. My favourite part of my job is when I receive feedback appreciating training coming from someone who is both a professional and a parent."

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The course will be held at King's House Conference Centre in Manchester.

King's Church
Sidney Street
M1 7HB


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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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