Autism & Aspergers Syndrome - ASD
The Blackford Centre
Autism & Aspergers ASD Courses
How can you help young people with autism?
A child with autism behaves differently from others. Not in a bad way, but in a quirky "can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it" way.
They tend to fiddle a lot, say inappropriate things, never quite sit still, and you often find them daydreaming.
You may notice their hair is a little unkempt and they wear the same clothes every day. Some autistic young people don't bother much how they look.
They may not have many friends and don't make eye contact.
And it can be frustrating when you see their academic results: a high score in maths (which is methodical and ordered - a symptom of autism), and barely scraping through in geography, English or PE.
So, how can you help? Well, the easiest way to aid that child is to gain a valuable and recognised qualification, the Diploma in Autism Support from the Blackford Centre.
You can study the course online, with a printed edition that comes to your door. There's no pressure – and we give you lots of support.
The Blackford Centre’s distance learning course will help you support and develop young people with autism.
You'll gain insights into pupils who are a little different. Armed with information, you'll make the world a better place for young people with autism.
The knowledge you’ll gain on the course will qualify you as a positive and effective advisor to young people with autism.
1 in 100 young people have autism, or a form of autism such as Asperger’s. This means at some stage you'll have a child with autism in your classroom.
Our home-study course helps professionals and parents aid young people with autism to reach their potential, to gain better educational qualifications and improve their social skills.
Better autism awareness
Dealing with a young person with autism can be challenging for a teacher or parent, especially when you don't have the right tools and know-how to handle the situation. There's a good chance that the young person you suspect has autism has not been assessed or diagnosed.
When suspecting autism in children you might be asking yourself:
- What’s wrong with them?
- How can I help this child fit in?
- Why are they always sitting or playing by themselves?
- What can I do nurture their learning experience and make it effective?
Whether a young person has autism or Asperger's, they don't have a disease. They have a disorder that you can minimise. The autistic child thinks and feels just as deeply as any other child, but just differently.
When teachers, parents, family and peers understand that young people with autism behave differently, and they can't help it, this has a positive effect on their capacity to 'fit in' with normal life.
Our autism course shows teachers and parents how to give autistic young people practical support and how to help them communicate to with others.
The course provides a wealth of information on autism awareness and how to enhance the life of an autistic person.
Some of the topics include:
- Introduction to autism
- What's the difference between autism and Asperger's
- How to diagnose autism
- Strategies for supporting young people
- Teaching autistic children and young people social skills
- Communication and interaction in autism
- Autism at home
The role of the teacher in assessing and diagnosing autism
Over the years, children and adults have been misdiagnosed because of the lack of standardised diagnostic testing of autism. Diagnoses have ranged from anxiety and depression, to bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder.
According to psychiatrists, there are some main behaviours that suggest a child may have autism:
- Restricted repetitive behaviours
- Limited interests and activities
- Deficiencies in social communication and interaction
But there is no single test, examination, or evaluation for an autism diagnosis. Every autistic child functions differently, and has their own behaviour and needs.
And that's why your observations and actions will be critical in helping a young person live in harmony with their ever-changing surroundings.
As a teacher, your insight into a student's autism could change their quality of life forever.
Children and adults with autism are not stupid or slow. They think differently. Gaining their trust is critical in teaching them social skills and integrating them into society. Since they cannot change, you'll have to modify your teaching strategies, in order to accommodate them.
Our distance learning course on autism will teach you how to recognise the signs of autism and show you what to do about them. It will give you the tools to be a better advocate, listener and guide.
Why choose this course on autism?
There are many reasons for enrolling on the course:
- You’ll get a recognised qualification in autism.
- The course is taught by professionals experienced in the field of autism, so you'll receive expert knowledge and guidance.
- The course is in an easy to follow format and can be studied at home or in school in your own time.
- If you have any queries, support is only a phone call away
If you don't like the course (for any reason), just email us to cancel at any time within 60 days of receiving your pack and we’ll refund your course fees.
Why do we offer this refund? Because we don't like to part on bad terms (life's too short), and we’d prefer you to say nice things about us.
What you'll get at the end of the course
When you successfully complete the course you’ll get a Diploma in Autism Support. It will demonstrate your knowledge in the field of autism and aspergers syndrome.
It's time to get started
- Go to our course enrolment page.
- When you receive your course material just jump in and get started.
- By the time you reach the end of the course you will have had the training you need to recognise and help autistic young people.
- It won´t be long before you have a Diploma in Autism Support.
If you have any questions before you register, call us on
0800 781 1715 (or call +44 1373 837464 if you're outside the UK) and we'll answer any queries you have.
We look forward to helping you succeed.
With best wishes
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