An introduction to autism and the SPELL framework for higher education professionals

This one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic students at university. 

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 students. 

Providing learners have a degree, this course meets the BIS criteria for university mentors and non-medical helpers. Visit the DSA-QAG (Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group) for the full criteria.

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
  • What happens at university for autistic students
  • Introduction to the SPELL framework – strategies to adapt your practice and environment and make them more autism-friendly.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for university staff who support autistic students and want to know more about autism and supportive approaches. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of university mentors and non-medical helpers, in line with the BIS criteria.

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 a National Autistic Society 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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Bespoke training - at your workplace

In-house training for organisations: £1,295 + 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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