Training Course

Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour

14 May 2020, London

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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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Niki joined The National Autistic Society as a Senior Training Consultant in 2012. She has worked in the field of autism since 2002, initially supporting children and their families and later working within services for autistic adults. She has a psychology degree and an MSc in child development. She has been involved in autism research with various research groups and completed her PhD in autism in 2011. Niki manages the training team and also delivers a range of training courses and talks across the country raising awareness and supporting professionals to develop their autism practice.

"My favourite part of my job is meeting such a wide range of professionals and sharing knowledge and experience. But the best part of the job is working with and learning from autistic people themselves."

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The course will be held at The National Autistic Society in London.

393 City Road


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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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