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With nearly 30 years of first-hand experience, Autism Bedfordshire is now a leading provider of high quality autism training throughout Bedfordshire and beyond. We have developed a comprehensive range of quality, specialist training packages suitable for anyone wanting to increase their understanding of autism and knowledge of strategies to support individuals. Where possible, training is delivered in partnership with autistic guest speakers who offer their unique personal perspective of life on the spectrum.

Current Booking Conditions
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have amended our booking conditions as follows:
If we have to cancel at short notice – We will refund your course fee or transfer it to any future course.
If our trainer has symptoms pre course – The upcoming course/s will be cancelled and your course fee refunded or transferred to any future course.
If a delegate has symptoms pre course – Please inform us as soon as possible and do not attend training. We will hold your course fee for any future course.
When booking – Please ensure you provide the name, contact email and phone number of each delegate for track and trace purposes.
If you have any queries regarding this please contact us.

Delegates can book onto our advertised course programme or commission private training courses directly. If you want to stay updated with the latest training events then join our mailing list here

We offer training to professional practitioners, mainstream services, schools and community groups to develop understanding of autism across Bedfordshire and beyond. We are the only voluntary organisation in Bedfordshire specialised in supporting autistic people and we are proud of our reputation for being an excellent provider of quality autism support.

National figures indicate that autism affects at least 1 person in every 100. The Autism Act 2009 and statutory guidance state that local authorities and the NHS should provide autism training for staff. This includes frontline staff who come into contact with autistic individuals, as well as specialist training for key personnel such as staff working in statutory services, staff involved in the assessment of autistic adults and doctors.

The specialist training we provide is unique as it not only improves understanding, but with the involvement of autistic guest speakers where practicable, enables the audience to appreciate how autism affects individuals on a personal level.

Our diverse range of training opportunities are designed to enhance understanding and best practice when working with autistic individuals in a range of settings. Our course prices include course folders with handouts and certificates of attendance (resources subject to Covid friendly practices).

In addition, we can design bespoke training programmes to suit your needs.

To find out more or to book a course then contact our training department: training@autismbeds.org

Introduction to Autism

A course designed to provide a basic understanding of autism spectrum conditions and suitable for anyone who may come into contact with autistic adults.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • an overview of current legislation relating to autism
  • what autism is and the key areas that impact autistic people
  • some practical strategies to become more ‘autism friendly’ in their workplace and in supporting autistic individuals

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: None

Cost: £500 or £50 per place if booked through our rolling programme

Autism in the Classroom

This 2 part course is designed for professionals working in a school environment who work with autistic children of all ages on a regular basis; particularly useful for Special Educational Needs Coordinators, class teachers and other professionals directly supporting autistic children in the classroom.

Delegates will:

  • understand some of the main difficulties experienced by autistic children – and some of their strengths
  • explore some practical strategies that all staff can implement to support autistic children
  • be able to pass on knowledge to colleagues in order to take the whole school forward in creating an autism-friendly setting

Course Length: 2 half days

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: Basic autism knowledge or practical experience

Cost: £800 or £80 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Using Social Stories

A practical workshop providing the opportunity to learn and develop skills to more effectively communicate with autistic people of all ages through social stories.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • the differences autistic people may experience in perspective taking and social understanding – a different way of thinking
  • the theory behind the concept of social stories in addressing these differences
  • writing a social story, from unpicking the situation to suggesting alternative courses of action

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: A good basic understanding of autism

Cost: £500 or £50 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Behaviour

A workshop providing information about the impact of autism on behaviour with advice on how to support autistic individuals of all ages.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • the difficulties autism may cause in managing behaviours
  • how to adapt environments and practices to meet the needs of autistic individuals
  • strategies for managing difficult situations

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: A good basic understanding of autism

Cost: £500 or £50 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Demand Avoidance

A workshop providing information about the demand avoidant presentation of autism and advice on how to support those with demand avoidant behaviour of all ages.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • what is meant by ‘demand avoidance’ in relation to autism and the controversy over diagnosis
  • the role of anxiety in creating demand avoidant behaviour
  • how to prevent and manage demand avoidant behaviour

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: A good basic understanding of autism on which this workshop will build

Cost: £500 or £50 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Sensory Processing

A workshop exploring the relationship between autism and sensory processing in relation to autistic people of all ages.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • the impact of sensory processing differences on the lives of autistic individuals
  • resources and strategies to support health and wellbeing as a result of sensory challenges
  • when to ask for professional input

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: A good basic understanding of autism on which this workshop will build

Cost: £500 or £50 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism, Women & Girls

A workshop providing information about the differences often found in the ‘female’ or ‘internalised’ presentation of autism and advice on how to support autistic women and girls.

Delegates will explore and understand:

  • the way autism affects women and girls and why this can delay diagnosis
  • how to adapt environments and practices to meet the specific needs of autistic women and girls
  • resources and strategies for supporting autistic women and girls

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 12

Pre-requisites: A good basic understanding of autism

Cost: £500 or £50 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism Bedfordshire is immensely proud of its range of quality specialist training packages, which have to date reached nearly 4,000 delegates throughout Bedfordshire and beyond.
In addition to the courses specified here on our website and our rolling programme of pay per place training events we are also able to tailor our courses to suit the specific needs of your organisation. Some of our bespoke training has included, but is not limited to:

  • Offering our half day workshops as two twilight sessions (eg for school staff)
  • Our ‘Train the Trainer’ offer, which ensures your trainer has the required knowledge and confidence to deliver Autism Level 1 training and provides them with ongoing support through the twelve month quality assurance package
  • Training adapted for specific service providers (carers/sports coaches/prison officers)
  • We are also willing to explore new topics upon request – we love a challenge!

    General Consultancy

    Autism Bedfordshire is a leading provider of support services to autistic children and adults and as such we have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be commissioned for numerous autism related projects, in addition to our respected training courses and our education consultancy service. For example, we can offer:

    For organisations
    An environmental assessment of your organisation for autism friendliness and accessibility for autistic individuals

    For individuals/families
    Post diagnostic support upon receiving an autism diagnosis, at any age/stage of life

    When you purchase training from Autism Bedfordshire, you are guaranteed the very best. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that any surplus revenue generated from our training provision will be ploughed directly back into services for autistic individuals.

    If you would like to find out more about bespoke training for your organisation, or discuss any of your training needs, please contact us on 01234 214871 or email training@autismbeds.org

    Autism & Behaviour

    29th September, 2020
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    A workshop providing information about the impact of autism on behaviour with advice on how to support autistic individuals of all ages.

    King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

    Autism & Demand Avoidance

    6th October, 2020
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    A workshop providing information about the demand avoidant presentation of autism and advice on how to support those with demand avoidant behaviour of all ages.

    King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

    Autism & Sensory Processing

    13th October, 2020
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    A workshop exploring the relationship between autism and sensory processing, in relation to autistic people of all ages.

    King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

    Autism, Women & Girls

    21st October, 2020
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    A workshop providing information about the differences often found in the ‘female’ or ‘internalised’ presentation of autism with advice on how to support autistic women and girls

    King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

    This service can be accessed by professionals or parents who would like assistance in identifying, understanding and supporting young people who may face barriers to their learning and development.

    Our experience: Our Autism Trainer, Mandy, is a qualified autism advisory teacher with over ten years of experience. Mandy has a Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome and further associated training including Carol Gray’s Social Stories, 3 & 5 Day TEACCH, 2 Day PECS, 2 Day SCERTS and 1 Day Protective Behaviours. Mandy is able to support other professionals in both providing and examining the evidence for an autism spectrum diagnosis, although only a medical professional can offer a diagnosis.

    What this service can offer:

    • Individual observations in the setting or at home
    • Sensory environmental audit
    • Holistic reports containing clear recommendations
    • A focus on all areas including social communication and interaction, flexibility of thought, behaviours, the impact of sensory processing differences and environmental factors
    • Advice about possible ways forward for the young person, suggested interventions and targets
    • Useful evidence either pre or post diagnosis when seeking statutory support (please consult with your Local Authority to confirm they will recognise such evidence)
    • Bespoke ‘Autism n the Classroom’ training for SENCOs, teachers and support staff*

    Cost/fees:

    Autism Bedfordshire will always agree service fees before going ahead with any work.  We will offer an initial (one-off) up to 30 minute telephone consultation to any new client, free of charge, with no  further obligation.

    Our consultancy fee is £50/hour. There is an additional cost of 40p/mile added for the round trip between your location and ours (MK41 0UD).

    Example: Observation of a child (1–2 hours), written report with recommendations based on this observation and other information collated such as medical/school reports (3-4 hours). Typically this would total 5-6 hours’ work and therefore cost £250-£300, plus travel. Please note that there might be additional costs for resources – such as social stories or visual prompts, where agreed in advance – and travel, depending on location. If required to attend a follow up meeting with staff and parents/carers, this would add a further hours’ fee to the total.

    * Autism in the Classroom training is delivered as part of our professional training programme therefore the cost of this varies depending on the number of delegates.

    Telephone 01234 214871 or email: training@autismbeds.org