Training Course

Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour

22 January 2020, Newcastle

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About the course


Stress and anxiety affect many autistic children and adults, causing significant distress that may be expressed in ways that challenge the person and others who struggle to understand them.

This one day course explores how you can help autistic children and adults to reduce stress and anxiety, how to understand their behaviour, and how to support them during difficult times.



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

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Key topics

Some of the key topics this course will cover include:

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  • What are stress and anxiety?
  • How do stress and anxiety affect autistic people?
  • What do we mean by 'distressed behaviour' or 'behaviour that challenges'?
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  • How to use the SPELL framework to understand behaviour so that you can offer useful support.

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Deborah works in for the National Autistic Society in their NE Autism Resource Centre which is situated within an autism specific school in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She offers a wide range of support to local families including a parent group and provides training to both parents and professionals on a wide range of topics. She is a trained Earlybird, Earlybird Plus and Healthy Minds Licensed User and delivers a wide range of training across the North East of England.

Deborah managed the team which were successfully appointed as the NE Autism Training Hub to deliver training to education professionals in the region on behalf of the Autism Education Trust.

In addition to her role as Resource Centre Manager, Deborah also works into a NHS second opinion ASD service as the Specialist ASD Parent Advisor providing post diagnostic support to families following an assessment and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.

Deborah also works closely alongside researchers at Newcastle University and is involved in various research projects around autism involving autistic adults, parents and carers and families of autistic children

She has worked for the NAS for 10 years and has run the Great North Run five times for the charity. She enjoys running with her local running club and volunteers for the British Red Cross. Deborah is also a Parent Governor for her local secondary school responsible for SEN and Welfare and Support.
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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?

  • We recommend this course to all practitioners because anxiety and stress are such a difficulty for many autistic people. We must understand why this is if we are to provide support that works and makes a lasting difference.  
  • You will learn to apply the structured approach of the SPELL framework to understand and assess someone’s behaviour and the particular reasons behind their increased anxiety. SPELL will help you to develop empathy, and from there to use proactive and reactive strategies tailored to that person.
  • You’ll meet fellow practitioners and work with an NAS 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
  • certificate of attendance for your CPD records
  • lunch and refreshments.

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Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone who works with autistic children or adults and already has an understanding of autism.

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I found all the aspects of the training brilliant. Very informative.

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To secure your place register now to avoid disappointment.

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