Developed from the Active for autism project, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport.

This two-day course will help delegates to recognise and understand the key characteristics of autism, focusing on the difficulties both session leaders and autistic people can face when engaging in sports and physical activity. Through group discussions and activities delegates will have the opportunity to learn about different support strategies and practical solutions to support participants with autism.

Course overview

  • what is autism?
  • explore the range of abilities found within autism
  • common difficulties experienced by people with autism participating in sport
  • using structure, positive approaches, empathy, low arousal and links (SPELL) for people with autism in a sports context
  • co-occurring difficulties and sensory differences
  • the impact of body awareness (proprioception) differences on participation in sport
  • the impact of balance (vestibular system) differences on participation in sport
  • suggested strategies using practical demonstration and activity plans
  • evaluating and developing your practice.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity to both children and adults on the autism spectrum who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. This includes PE teachers, teaching assistants and sports coaches. 

Benefits of attending

  • Gain an increased understanding of the autism spectrum
  • Understand that autism affects people in different ways
  • Gain an insight into the experiences of participants who are on the autism spectrum and sports coaches
  • Learn how using the NAS SPELL (Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links) framework can help you support people on the autism spectrum in sport
  • Be aware of the barriers that may be faced by people on the autism spectrum participating in sport
  • Learn how to work more effectively to support people on the autism spectrum in sport and physical activity sessions.

Further information  

Participants will be helped to make the link between theoretical knowledge and practice over the two days. The course places emphasis on reflective practice and consideration of the participant's skills, interests and communication styles with tools to enable your continued development. It makes use of presentation, group interaction, practical activities, self-directed learning and video. Participants are advised to come dressed appropriately to allow them to participate in physical activities.

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Continued Professional Development

This 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.


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

  • one trainer for two full days
  • delivered to a maximum of 20 participants (please contact us if you have a larger group and how we can accommodate this
  • course materials.

Due to the specialist nature of this training, each course delivered is tailored to meet your needs. Please contact us for a price.


Please email to make an enquiry.

Please email to make a booking or to amend an existing booking. 

Tel: 0141 285 7117.

All places for training events with a location link must be booked via our online booking system (click on the location link for the course you would like to attend). If you require more information on using our online booking system to pay by invoice please click here.

We are currently sourcing Active for Autism training venues for our 2016 training calendar. Would your school like to be considered as a venue? We will offer two free places on the training to any participating school. Please email us at for more information.