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 qualification by NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism 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 aimed at developing a learner’s 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. It 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.
It’s useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:
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.
There has been lots of support offered to me so I can ask away if I’m stuck. This way of studying means I’m able to fit it in around my busy family life and go at my own pace, which eases the stress of a challenging course.