This one-day course will provide an introduction to The National Autistic Society’s SPELL framework.

SPELL is a framework for understanding and responding to the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum developed through evidence based practice. The framework is useful in identifying underlying issues, reducing the disabling effects of the condition and providing a cornerstone for communication.

Course overview

SPELL stands for Structure, Positive approaches and expectations, Empathy, Low arousal, Links. This course looks at each element of the framework, with practical examples to illustrate each component:

  • Supporting people with autism through structure
  • Maintaining positive approaches and expectations
  • Developing empathy for individuals with autism
  • Adopting a low arousal approach
  • Creating and maintaining links between the individual, their wider support networks and the community.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone working with children or adults with autism. A basic understanding of autism is required for this course.

Benefits of attending

  • Be able to identify areas for improvement using the SPELL framework
  • Have a better awareness of how to structure information for people with autism
  • Be able to focus on the more positive aspects of each person
  • Have a better understanding of some of the difficulties people face
  • Have a clearer knowledge of the impact of environmental factors
  • Be aware of the benefits of collating and sharing information.


Type of training Cost
Offered in-house (our trainer comes to your organisation) £1350 + VAT (this includes materials and expenses)
Offered as individual places on scheduled course £100 + VAT (=£120)


Dates for 2015 Location
26 March


To book a place on one of our scheduled courses, please contact us for an application form.

To have our trainer come to your organisation, please contact us:

Tel: 0141 285 7117