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. It focuses on five principles that have been identified as vital elements of best practice in autism, and emphasises ways of how to change the environment and our approaches, to meet the specific needs of adults and children with autism.

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:

  • Structure: Why is structure necessary in our lives and how to support people on the autism spectrum in creating structured environments using visual information
  • Positive: How to develop and maintain positive approaches and expectations
  • Empathy: How to reduce the gap in the double-empathy problem
  • Low Arousal approach: What is a low arousal approach and ways of maintaining this
  • Links: 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 on the autism spectrum who are looking to develop their understanding of best practice in supporting people on the autism spectrum using the SPELL approach. A prior understanding of autism is required for this course.

Benefits of attending

  • Gain an increased understanding of the five principles of the SPELL framework and how these can be applied to your workplace. Specifically:
  • Understand how increased anxiety affects people with autism and why structure is important.
  • Identify different ways of creating visual structures which meet the different needs of children and adults with autism.
  • Understand the importance of developing trust and rapport by focusing on strengths and interests when supporting people with autism.
  • Become familiar with the double-empathy problem and why getting to know the person as well as their autism is vital in reducing the gap.
  • Identify the sensory processing differences experienced by people on the autism spectrum and why a low-arousal approach is necessary when supporting people.
  • Be aware of the benefits of sharing information and working alongside the individual, their families and other professionals.


Training provided at a venue of your choice, inclusive of:

  • one trainer for the full day
  • delivered to a maximum of 25 participants (please contact us if you have a larger group and how we can accommodate this)
  • training booklet provided for each delegate
  • option of including a personal perspective speaker
  • What is Autism leaflet for all participants
  • participants added to relevant Network Autism group to receive alerts when topic they attended is coming up for discussion
  • discount codes for relevant NAS publications.

Price: £1,350 + VAT


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