Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism



Tired of searching for appropriate autism courses online? UK and international learners can study this course to gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and how they can affect people in a variety of ways. They will learn about the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support and how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with ASCs to live fulfilling and independent lives.

By studying one of our autism courses online, UK and international learners can easily track their progress throughout each unit (this course is also available via paper-based learning). Upon completion of this course, your learners could progress on to study for the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.


Unit 1: Introduction to autism

In this unit your learners will learn about what is meant by ‘autism’, different theories relating to autism and diagnosis of autism. They 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

Within this unit your learners will discover how to use a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism. They 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

In this unit your learners will cover the potential delays and speech, language and social development difficulties individuals with autism face. 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 your learners will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. They will also learn more about how to support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Throughout this unit your learners will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. Learners 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. Your learners will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

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