Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people.

ASD is characterised by impairments in:

  • Reciprocal Social Interaction
  • Social Communication
  • Social imagination and Social Understanding
  • and Stereotyped behaviour, restricted interests or marked resistance to context changes are a common picture.
  • Unusual sensitivity to sensory stimuli is
  • common.
  • Co-morbidity and dual diagnosis are often
  • seen in people with autism.

Diagnostic Guidelines

Gold standard diagnostic practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence

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A variety of training courses are available, the content of which is based on current research and experience in ASD related work. The duration of the courses can be tailored to the needs of the participants, but many courses are best delivered as half or whole day events. Shorter 'awareness raising' courses or presentations can be arranged. Examples of training courses include;

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course discuss ASD at the biological, behavioural and psychological levels and provide participants with a thorough basic understanding of the spectrum of abilities and differences that can be observed in ASD. Good practice guidelines are also provided.

Aspergers syndrome

Asperger's syndrome continues to attract debate with respect to its validity as a distinct disorder, with many now preferring to adopt the term ASD (or ASC where C is condition) for all individuals who meet criteria within the spectrum. Nonetheless, it remains our view that there is validity in the distinction for the time being, and this course aims to discuss and explore a variety of issues that affect people with Asperger's syndrome, particularly young people and adults with this diagnosis. Participants are best prepared by having some awareness of ASD before attending this course, although this will be covered at some level during the training.

Behaviours of Concern in ASD's

This course will discuss problematic behaviours sometimes observed in individuals with ASD. Participants will learn about behavioural assessment and the importance of considering and understanding the ASD experience of individuals that they live or work with. Prior knowledge and understanding of ASD is recommended before attending this course.

Forensic Issues in ASD's

Some people with ASD will come into contact with forensic or criminal justice services at times in their lives, either as perpetrators or victims of crime. This course explores the reasons why some people with ASD offend, the nature of offences, and how these might be understood in the context of the ASD experience. Guidance and advice is provided in relation to supporting people with ASD who offend or who are offended against, with a view to reducing the risk of recidivism.

Educational Support for People with ASD

At times some people with ASD will struggle to adapt to the structures and stresses found within the educational context. This course discusses a variety of issues in this respect and provided guidance for teachers, lecturers and policy makers.

Short Courses and Awareness Raising

Autism Consultancy Services can provide short duration awareness raising sessions and tailored courses, depending on your training needs.

Please contact us if you would like further information on any of the training courses available.

Who we work with

  • Individuals
  • NHS & local authorities
  • Criminal Justice Departments
  • Employers
  • Voluntary sector
  • Families & carers
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