Autism Awareness Course

Autism is a serious disorder that hampers development and impairs the ability to interact and communicate. It leads to a range of language, social and communication issues with severity ranging from mild and undiagnosed to severe. People with a severe condition find it difficult to engage successfully in society. The Autism Awareness Course aims to bring awareness to this condition and also develop your understanding of the diverse condition and also give suggestions when dealing with such children.

The course is divided into eight well-defined modules so that you understand the term “autism” and “Autistic spectrum disorder” and also develop necessary skills to deal with such students.

Module 1

The module deals with understanding myths surrounding autism and to bifurcate between myth and reality. It seeks to impart an understanding about how learning disabilities can affect the emotional and social development of children and young persons. The module will also address other learning disabilities and issues related to them.

Module 2

This module will deal with

  • Definition of Autism
  • Clarify the difference between Asperger’s syndrome and Autism
  • Understand the three different conditions in the autistic syndrome.
  • Develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by autistic persons related to communication, imagination and social interaction and how these affect the learning and development stage.

Module 3

The module deals with

  1. Understanding environmental and genetic causes of autism
  2. How to diagnose Autism in children and adults
  3. How do the gender differences affect autism?

Module 4

This module attempts to understand autistic behaviour through

  1. Understanding the concept of challenging behaviour
  2. Diagnosing autism through children’s behaviour and define the characteristics
  3. What is the “Theory of Mind” and the effect on young persons with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)

Module 5

This module deals with communication and language and the process involved in expressive and receptive language. We will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of skills, in particular in the areas of speech, communication and language affecting a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Module 6

This module will focus on the approach to be taken and their individual benefits. We will study the Person-centred approach and how it can be used for meeting individual needs and lead to social inclusion.

Module 7

This module will teach practical methods and give valuable suggestions when working with students suffering from Autism. The module will contain:

  1. Practical considerations and suggestions
  2. Suggestions leading to a safe environment for such students
  3. Use of Visual strategies
  4. Use of non-verbal communications and how it can support people with autism.

Module 8

We will look at legal, ethical and organisational issues in this module and identify possible challenges for a person working with such persons as well as the immediate family. We will also seek to outline avenues that have resources for support and help.