Training Course

Autism and SPELL in Higher Education - virtual delivery

24 and 25 November 2020

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About the course


This virtual introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic students at university. The course will involve a pre-course online activity and four 1.5 hour live sessions with one of our Training Consultants, delivered via Microsoft Teams

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.



Training and Events 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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  • 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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Laura has worked with the National Autistic Society as a training consultant for over 5 years. Laura delivers the National Autistic Society's EarlyBird/EarlyBird Plus parent programmes to families as well as delivering the Licensed User training courses for professionals. Laura also delivers a number of our employment training courses and provides work place support and assessments for autistic employees. After graduating with a degree in Psychology with linguistics, Laura trained as a play therapist supporting autistic children and their families in home and education settings, before joining a London based charity as a job coach/employment coordinator supporting autistic adults into employment.

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Using Microsoft Teams for accessing training

This guide aims to support delegates with how Microsoft Teams (Teams) works for training sessions, how they can interact and the general etiquette during training. A full guide can be accessed here.

Accessing the training:

The training is accessed by clicking each of the links at the stated date and time in the emails you will be sent. There is a separate link for each session.
We recommend that you access via the Teams App on a Desktop. The benefit of this is that you are likely to be able to see more of your fellow delegates, and the presentation and video sharing may work better for you. You can download the App for free if you don’t have it already. Please note – you can still access the training without downloading the app if needed (via a web browser).

Interaction during the training:

The trainer will deliver the session by using a presentation, with a combination of information delivery, group discussions and short activities to facilitate interactivity. A PDF copy of the presentation will be attached to the email containing the links to the sessions.
We encourage delegates on our sessions to ask questions or share perspectives, and this can be done verbally or by using the chat function. During the session, you may be asked to keep yourself muted when you are not talking or interacting with others. This is to reduce disturbance from background noise.

General etiquette:

We recommend that delegates have their video cameras switched on if possible, as this can help facilitate a more interactive session.
At the beginning of the session, you will be able to see yourself, the trainer, and other participants. The number of people you will be able to see on screen may depend on your screen size and how you are accessing the session.
When the trainer is showing the presentation, you should still be able to see them in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
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Why attend?

  • This course brings together knowledge about autism and practical approaches that will help you immediately in your work.

  • The training will be delivered by a National Autistic Society trainer who has many years’ experience of supporting autistic people.


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Course Fee £150 + VAT

This includes:

  • training information provided electronically for each delegate
  • free online module - Introduction to Autism in the workplace
  • 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.

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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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