An introduction to autism and supportive strategies for sports and physical activity leaders

This one-day course, delivered by our Active for Autism Training Consultant, combines an introduction to autism with a practical focus on how you can support autistic children and adults to participate in sport and physical activities.

This course was developed as part of the Active for Autism project. The focus of the project was to develop resources and training to increase the confidence and skills of sports and physical activity leaders in delivering inclusive sport and physical activity for autistic people, increasing the levels of participation of autistic people in sport and physical activity in order to build self-esteem and wellbeing.

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Course content

  • The main areas of difference in autism (social communication and interaction, sensory processing, information processing)
  • How autism can affect people’s experience of sport and physical activity
  • Supportive approaches - using the SPELL framework of structure, positive approaches, empathy, low arousal and links
  • Practical demonstration of strategies and activity plans
  • Evaluating and developing your practice

We deliver this course using presentation, group interaction, self-directed learning, physical activity and video. Participants are advised to come dressed appropriately to allow them to participate in physical activities.

Who should attend?

You may be a sports specialist who works with autistic children or adults, or you may support autistic children or adults and want to find out how best to help them enjoy sport.

This course is relevant for both sports specialists who want to increase their autism knowledge and autism specialists who want to engage more autistic children in sports.

Why attend?

This course will give you a good understanding of autism, how it affects people differently, and the barriers it can create to enjoying sport and physical activity.

We bring theory and practice together so you can reflect on your own skills, interests and communication styles, and leave the day ready to develop your own practice.

You’ll meet fellow practitioners and work with our Active for Autism Training Consultant Ruth Jones, who combines her Health and Fitness Professional background with 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.

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Alternative delivery options

If you are looking for something different, please contact us to discuss what will best meet your group or organisation’s needs. We can also deliver this as a half day course which covers the theory of autism and some basic strategies for supporting autistic people in sporting activities.

For a more in-depth session, we can deliver this over two days, enabling a more comprehensive overview of autism and supportive strategies.

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Bespoke training - at your workplace

In-house training for organisations: £1,395 + VAT (price includes all expenses and training materials for up to 20 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, sport and physical activity.

Cost per online module license: £30 + VAT

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