Autism – some different perspectives

The course aims to really put you in touch with the issues faced by people with Autism, their parents and carers; and to offer ways of working with them that will both improve your knowledge and increase your confidence.

Please note, following government guidance on social distancing, we are currently exploring how to offer training services remotely.

Who is this course for?

It is aimed at anyone who works with, or needs to know more about working with people on the Autism Spectrum, and their parents or carers

What the course covers

  • How people on the Autism Spectrum perceive the world differently, and how this throws up issues for the way we work with them
  • The key issues involved in diagnosing Autism and Asperger syndrome  - the “Triad of Impairments”, and some up-to-date thinking
  • How Autism affects people’s lives, and the lives of their parents, carers and  families
  • The characteristics and behaviour of Autistic people
  • The Autistic world – sensory overload and the environment
  • What are the barriers in society that people on the Autism Spectrum face? And their parents or carers?
  • Communication – hints and tips
  • Understanding best practice approaches, and strategies for working with people on the Autism Spectrum
  • The Government’s legislation and strategy on Autism (the Autism Act 2009)
  • Reviewing our own working practices to feel more confident in our work
  • Who to contact for further information/support

The day will be run in a participative way, using your existing knowledge as a platform. Training methods will include paired work, small group work, a quiz, discovery, watching videos, and case studies.

The building of a strong group will play a major part in the training workshop atmosphere; current good practice will form a baseline for the day’s work, and will be regularly referred to.

If you would like to learn more about this course, please email us at:

"Without better understanding, autistic people and families are at risk of being isolated and developing mental health problems. We must urgently raise awareness of autism amongst those working in both specialist and mainstream housing, not least because the environment people live in has such an impact on their ability to live independently."
"Housing LIN’s training programme does just that, supporting the housing sector to enable people with autism to live in the community" -
 Amy Swan,  former National Housing Lead, Transforming Care Programme, NHS England


“I've returned to work this morning and have heard a lot of great feedback about how the day went and what a great course it was. Our staff really gained a lot of information and tools for use when communicating with someone with autism." - Laura, Services Support Manager, Housing21


“GUHG Independent Living Team were very grateful for the overview given by the course and found it to be hugely enlightening and thought provoking.” - Anne-Michelle, Independent Living Team Leader, Grand Union Housing Group