Stress and anxiety affect many autistic children and adults, causing significant distress that may be expressed in ways that challenge the person and others who struggle to understand them.

This one day course explores how you can help autistic children and adults to reduce stress and anxiety, how to understand their behaviour, and how to support them during difficult times.

Course content

  • What are stress and anxiety?
  • How do stress and anxiety affect autistic people?
  • What do we mean by 'distressed behaviour' or 'behaviour that challenges'?
  • How to use the SPELL framework to understand and assess behaviour that challenges so that you can offer useful support.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone who works with autistic children or adults and already has an understanding of autism.

Why attend?

We recommend this course to all practitioners because anxiety and stress are such a difficulty for many autistic people. We must understand why this is if we are to provide support that works and makes a lasting difference.

You will learn to apply the structured approach of the SPELL framework to understand and assess someone’s behaviour and the particular reasons behind their increased anxiety.  SPELL will help you to develop empathy, and from there to use proactive and reactive strategies tailored to that person.

You’ll meet fellow practitioners and work with an NAS trainer who has many years' experience of supporting autistic people. On completion of the course you can join Network Autism, our online professionals' forum.

Continued Professional Development

CPD Certified LogoThis course is certified by the CPD certification service (the leading independent CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance detailing eligible CPD hours which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms. Please ask us if you’d like to know more about how to use this as evidence of your CPD, or visit


Type of training Cost
Offered in house (our trainer comes to your organisation) £1395 + VAT (price includes all expenses and training materials for up to 25 delegates)


Date (scheduled course) Location
26 April 2017 London – Book now
10 October 2017 Nottingham – Book now
14 November 2017 London – Book now


To make an enquiry please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 1 then option 1 again or email

You can book online by using the 'Book now' links above. To book by telephone or email, or to amend a booking, please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 2 then option 1 or email