An introduction to autism, supportive strategies and the SPELL framework. 

This one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic children and adults. SPELL is a framework for understanding and responding to autistic people’s needs. It will allow you to develop better practice and use evidence-based strategies to support autistic children and adults.

This course combines our popular individual courses on understanding autism and the SPELL framework into one day. It goes into less depth than the individual courses, but suits many organisations with limited time. If you’re unsure which course will suit you, our training team will be very happy to help. If you require this training as part of the BIS criteria for university mentors and non-medical helpers, read about our course for higher education professionals.

Course content

  • The main areas of difference in autism (social communication and interaction, sensory processing, information processing)
  • How does autism affect people’s lives?
  • Causes of anxiety and stress
  • Introduction to the SPELL framework

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anyone who works with autistic children or adults and wants to know more about autism and supportive approaches.

If you haven’t done any training before and know little about autism we recommend you book our individual courses on autism and SPELL.

Why attend? 

This course brings together knowledge about autism and practical approaches that will help you immediately in your work. 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

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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 verificable 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

Scheduled Events

New course dates to follow.


In-house training for organisations: £1095 + VAT (price includes all expenses and training materials for up to 25 delegates.)

Individuals attending scheduled training event: £185 + VAT.

Training will be provided at a venue of your choice (unless you attend one of our scheduled events) and will be 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.


For information on booking in-house training please complete our Training Enquiry Form. 

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.