Understanding Autism Level 2 Certificate

What is this course about?

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

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Understanding Autism Level 2 Certificate

Start: Available throughout the year.

How is it taught

As you work through the learning materials, you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you support, advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. This course consists of 2 assessments to be completed 6 weeks apart. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

What else do I need to know?


This course includes the following units: Unit 1: Introduction to autism. This unit provides an introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories and diagnosis. Learners will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism. Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism. This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual. Learners will also look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks available to individuals and their families. Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism. This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism. Unit 4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism. In this unit learners will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. Learners will also consider how to the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism. Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism. Through this unit learners will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. They will also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies. Unit 6: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives. This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. Learners will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

What could I do next?


You could progress onto other distance learning courses and/or health related study.
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