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.

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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 behaviour 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 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.

Get an attendance certificate detailing eligible CPD hours which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms.

Logo: The CPD Certification Service

What is included?

Training is inclusive of:

  • training booklet and information provided for each delegate
  • opportunity to hear autistic perspectives; this may be through films, quotes from autistic people or the inclusion of a speaker by experience
  • signposting to relevant literature and resources.

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Scheduled events

Cost for individuals attending scheduled training event: £185 + VAT

We run open access courses across the UK. The following dates available for this course are listed below. To book your place, please select 'book now' below, which will direct you to our online booking system.

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22 January 2020  Newcastle - More info Book now 
28 January 2020  Edinburgh - More info Book now 
18 February 2020  London - More info Book now 
17 March 2020  Manchester - More info  Book now 

Bespoke training - at your workplace

In-house training for organisations: £1295 + VAT (price includes all expenses and training materials for up to 25 delegates)

Many of our training courses can be run in-house to your team. Our training team can also create bespoke training packages that suit your individual needs.

For information on booking in-house training please get in touch by completing our training enquiry form. Our team will contact you directly to discuss this with you further.

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Online training alternative

We offer online training on a similar topic with an introductory module Autism, stress and anxiety.

Cost per online module license: £30 + VAT

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