Understanding Learning Disabilities and Autism

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Monday, 25 March 2019

This training course will provide an overview of learning disabilities and autism and how to offer a supportive environment to individuals.

This course will give you the practical skills needed to help clients improve self awareness, build motivation and self-esteem, break free from unhelpful behavioural patterns, and take responsibility for their actions and choices.

A mixture of training methods is used on this course. You will explore typical problems faced by professionals that work with vulnerable people, such as the tendency to attribute “blame” on to others and resistance to pro-activity. The blend of approaches is designed to ensure that you will gain insights that are of immediate, practical use in your everyday working life.

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Who is this for?

This informative training course, is suitable for all staff working with individuals with learning disabilities or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), particularly those new to the field.

What will you learn?

The course will cover:

  • Recognising different types of learning disability
  • Identify possible causes of learning disabilities
  • Understand the definition of Autism and misconceptions surrounding it
  • Understand how ASD can be diagnosed
  • List common symptoms of ASD
  • Understand how the “triad of impairment” links to ASD: communication, social interaction, flexibility of thinking
  • Identify the main points of the Autism Act 2009 and the Autism Strategy for England
  • Identity where Asperger Syndrome fits on the Autistic Spectrum
  • ​Explore effective communication strategies for working with clients with learning disabilities, including clients with MLD (Mild Learning Disabilities), Autism and challenging behaviour.


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