Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder. People living with an autism spectrum disorder will experience challenges with communication and social interactions and will display restrictive and repetitive behaviour. Autism is not always immediately apparent and the symptoms can be more severe for some than others.
Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. Currently, there are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism, that is more than 1 in every 100 in the UK alone. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to the rest of us and things that might seem straightforward such as language or metaphors can be confusing. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.
This NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism course allows learners to gain an understanding of the different spectrum of autistic conditions and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as explore the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support. Learners will also understand how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.
The course is suitable for learners aged 16 and above, aimed at developing their understanding of what is meant by “autism”, theories and diagnosis, developing an understanding of legislation, guidance and support networks available to individuals and their families. This knowledge-only course looks at strategies that can be used to communicate with individuals with autism and how to support their sensory needs. The course will be of benefit for individuals progressing in employment in a variety of sectors and job roles where an understanding of autism and the knowledge to support individuals with autism is required. However, no real work environment placement is required to achieve this certification.
On this Level 2 Understanding Autism course, you will:
Study a foundation of relevant models and skills that will equip you to engage in purposeful coaching and mentoring conversations and relationship building.
Gain a qualification that counts
It’s useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:
Education And Training
Gain an awareness of how autism affects people and explore the best approaches to providing the best support.
A formal qualification
This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course code: X215
Qualification code: 601/6330/6
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.
Recommended Learning Hours is 152.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete six mandatory units as part of a portfolio of evidence.
This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.
The completion of an ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ form is mandatory. This will be provided and your tutor will detail exactly what is needed.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.
That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.
This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 2 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to further learning in the following sectors:
Potential qualification routes include:
Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
Official Qualification Title -
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Entry requirements -
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum Enrolment Age -
1:Introduction to autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder & Condition
Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Exploring Theories of Autism
The Syndrome and Spectrum Models
Neurodiversity and Autism
Diagnosis & Assessment for Children and Young Adults
The Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism
Triad of Impairments & Evaluation
Autism and the Media, Discrimination and Mental Health
Communication, Social Interaction, Imagination & Sensory Sensitivity
Learning Disabilities & Difficulties and Autism
Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Autism
2:Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
Legislation and Guidance
Advocacy and Autism
Person-centred Approach & Planning
Working in Partnership
3:Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
Communication and Interaction
Understanding Communication in Autism
Processing and Interpreting Verbal Information
Difficulties with ‘Theory of Mind’ (ToM)
Difficulties with Expressive Communication
Difficulties with Understanding Rules of Social Communications
Alternative Communication Methods & Strategies
Understand How Environment Can Aid Communication
4:Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
Autism and Sensory Processing
Strategies for Sensory Overload
Low Arousal Environment
Sensory Stimulation, Activities and Therapies
Autism and Processing Information
Possible Strategies & Visual Supports
Time and Sequence Materials
5:Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
Behaviour Within the Context of Autism
Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviour
Triggers and Setting Events
Coping & Reactive Strategies
Helping to Identify Emotions
Managing Change and Transition
Autism and Prompt Dependency
Behaviour as a Form of Expression
Supporting Individuals Who Are Struggling To Cope
6:Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
Development and Puberty
Education, Employment and Life Chances
Rights of People with Autism
Impact of Autism on the Family
Positive Aspects of Living with Autism
Support to Maintain Personal Safety
Safeguarding, Bullying & Exploitation
Purpose of Positive Risk-Taking
Strategies to Self-protect From Harm & Abuse
Cyber Safety & Risk Assessments
Autism, Life Events & Transition
Bereavement & Support
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