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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.

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

With nearly 30 years of first-hand experience, Autism Bedfordshire have devised a suite of training packages designed to enhance understanding and best practice when working with autistic individuals in a range of settings. In addition to the below 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

Level 1: Introduction to Autism

A short course designed to provide a basic understanding of autism spectrum conditions.

This course is designed and suited for anyone who may come into contact with someone who has autism.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of legislation
  • Understanding what autism is
  • Tips on adjusting communication to support a person with autism
  • Practical strategies for effective working

Delegates will learn:

  • To recognise the key areas that impact a person with autism
  • How to identify behaviours associated with autism
  • Some practical strategies to become more ‘autism friendly’ in their workplace

Course Length: Half day (approximately 3 hours)

Number of delegates: 20

Pre-requisites: None

Cost: £400 or £40 per place if booked through our rolling programme

Level 2: Supporting People with Autistic Spectrum Conditions

A course to develop skills, knowledge and strategies in supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions.

This course is designed and suited for those who work directly with the public, or who need a more detailed understanding of autism.

Topics Covered:

  • Exploring the ‘spectrum’ of autism
  • Theories to help understand autism, with an overview of sensory processing issues
  • Considering causes of stress
  • Practical strategies to support an individual with autism
  • Reflecting on practice and how to improve services
  • Listening to a personal account from an adult with autism

Delegates will learn:

  • How autism can impact on individuals
  • The range of areas in which a person with autism may need support
  • How to adjust practice and improve services for individuals with autism
  • An increased knowledge of autism

Course Length: Full day

Number of delegates: 20

Pre-requisites: Practical experience working in either a setting or 1:1 supporting an adult with autism, or having attended level 1 training

Cost: £600 or £60 per place if booked through our rolling programme

Level 3: Working with People with Autistic Spectrum Conditions

A course to provide evidence based scientific advice on how to manage autism in professional practice.
This dynamic course is based on evidence gathered from autistic people and clinical research professionals, with content being reviewed and updated in line with ongoing developments in research and our understanding of autism.
This course is designed and most suited for people working with autistic adults in a professional capacity; people with a personal interest are welcome to attend but the focus will be on professional practice.

Topics Covered:

  • Theory; detailed explanation of what is meant by ‘autism’, understanding the characteristics of autism, potential effects of autism on individuals and how they may present
  • Diagnosis; types of diagnosis, who can perform a diagnosis; the diagnostic pathway nationally/locally; self- identification
  • Strategies; better understanding of effective approaches for understanding and managing ‘difficult’ behaviour, avoiding overload, reasonable adjustments to be truly inclusive
  • Modern developments, current thinking and making environments more ‘autism friendly’

Delegates will:

  • Receive detailed information on theories and practice, understanding how the two interlink and inform one another
  • Gain an understanding of the clinical diagnosis process including an understanding of the diagnostic pathway both regionally and nationally
  • Have an holistic understanding of approaches and adjustments needed to better work with autistic adults
  • Be able to network with other professionals in the field to exchange ideas and best practice
  • Have the opportunity to work through specific challenges to identify solutions or alternative working methodologies

Course Length: Full day,

Number of delegates: 20

Pre-requisites: Professional involvement with adults with autism; a basic knowledge of autism; a commitment to attend both parts of the course.

Cost: £995 or £90 per place if booked through our rolling training programme

Mental Health and Autism

This course has been designed specifically to look at mental health and autism, particularly useful for professionals who are working with adults with autism who work with complex individuals with autism.

Course Topics:

Alongside hearing a detailed personal account from an adult with autism, the topics covered will be:

  • Commonly occurring ‘co-morbid’ mental health issues for persons with autism
  • Understanding the symptoms and effects of co-morbid mental health conditions
  • The distinction between a person’s autism and a mental health condition
  • Understanding self-harm and its relationship to a person with autism
  • Signposting to useful web resources, services and literature

Course Length: Full day

Number of delegates: 20

Pre-requisites: Delegates would be expected to have a basic knowledge of autism

Cost: £850 or £85 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Working with Autism in the Classroom

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

Course Objectives:

As well as providing delegates with autism specific knowledge that can be cascaded to colleagues, topics covered during the course will be:

  • How to understand the main difficulties experienced by children with autism
  • How to identify and use the strengths that children with autism have
  • Practical strategies that can be utilised to support children with autism
  • How the physical structure of a classroom can be used to enhance learning
  • How to practically apply strategies within a school environment

Course Length: Full day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 20

Pre-requisites: None

Cost: £600 or £60 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Working with Children & Young People with Autism

This course is designed for professionals working with children and young people with autism on a regular basis or those needing a detailed knowledge of autism to carry out needs assessments. 

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the main difficulties experienced by children with autism
  • To understand the strengths that children with autism have
  • To provide a detailed look at a range of strategies that can be used to support children with autism
  • For delegates to practise using practical strategies learnt
  • To provide delegates with autism specific knowledge that can be cascaded to colleagues

Course Length: Full day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 20

Pre-requisites: None

Cost: £600 or £60 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Working with Autism in the Early Years

This workshop is designed for professionals working with young children with autism on a regular basis and/or working within early years settings.

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the main difficulties experienced by young children with autism
  • To understand the strengths that children with autism have
  • To provide an overview of a range of strategies that can be used to support young children with autism
  • To provide delegates with autism specific knowledge and resources that can be cascaded to colleagues

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: A maximum of 20

Pre-requisites: None

Cost: £400 or £40 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Using Social Stories Workshop

A workshop providing the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills to communicate with adults or children with autism through social stories.

This course is designed and suited for people working with adults or children who have autism or come into contact with those who have autism.

Topics Covered:

  • What social stories are useful for
  • Understanding how, why, where and when to use them
  • Unpicking the causes of behaviour before writing the story
  • Signposting to useful web resources and literature

Delegates will:

  • Have a better understanding of the difficulties autism causes in perspective taking and social understanding
  • Have practical understanding of the theory behind the concept of social stories in addressing these difficulties
  • Write a social story, from unpicking the behaviour to suggesting alternative courses of action
  • Be able to network with fellow professionals and share good practice

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: 20

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

Cost: £400 or £40 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Behaviour Workshop

A workshop providing information about the impact of autism on behaviour and advice on how to support those with autism in managing behaviour.

This course is designed and suited for people working with adults or children who have autism or come into contact with those who have autism.

Topics Covered:

  • What might be causing some of the behaviour you see
  • Understanding when and how to prevent behaviour
  • Practical skills and strategies for managing and supporting behaviour
  • Signposting to useful web resources and literature

Delegates will:

  • Have a better understanding of the way autism impacts on behaviour management
  • Have practical understanding of how to adapt environments and practices to meet the needs of those with autism
  • Be able to explore resources and strategies for supporting those with autism
  • Be able to network with fellow professionals and share good practice

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: 20

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

Cost: £400 or £40 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Demand Avoidance Workshop

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

This course is designed and suited for people working with adults or children who have autism or come into contact with those who have autism.

Topics Covered:

  • What is meant by ‘demand avoidant’ behaviour within the autism spectrum
  • Understanding how to prevent, rather than cure, demand avoidance
  • Strategies for managing and supporting those whose anxiety leads them to display demand avoidance
  • Signposting to useful web resources and literature

Delegates will:

  • Have a better understanding of the way autism impacts on anxiety and demand avoidance
  • Have practical understanding of how to adapt environments and practices to meet the needs of those with these challenges
  • Be able to explore resources and strategies for supporting those with demand avoidant behaviours
  • Be able to network with fellow professionals and share good practice

Course Length: Half day

Number of delegates: 20

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

Cost: £400 or £40 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Autism & Relationships: A Toolkit for Practitioners

A full day course designed for practitioners working with young people and adults who need professional help to develop constructive relationships.

Topics Covered:

  • When to use direct teaching
  • Assessing understanding of relationships
  • Some techniques to develop emotional literacy
  • Managing the physical aspects of relationships
  • Overview of the legal issues around mental capacity

Delegates will:

  • Explore ways of approaching important topics
  • Consider ethical and legal issues that practitioners must be aware of
  • Have the opportunity to share concerns and experiences
  • Receive our Toolkit in the form of a memory stick with over 300 electronic resources

Course Length: Full day

Number of delegates: 20

Pre-requisites: Delegates would be expected to have a knowledge of autism to a level 2 standard or extensive experience of working with people with autism

Cost: £950 or £95 on a pay per place basis if booked through our rolling training programme

Training courses to help parents and carers to understand and manage behaviours consistent with Autism.

Parenting a Child with Autism or Social Communication Disorder

The first steps to supporting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism & Relationships – A Toolkit for Practitioners

13th June, 2019
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Whether you’re a concerned parent, carer or any health or social care professional working with an autistic individual – this one day course is for you! “Excellent resources provided that will help enhance my clinical practice” – psychotherapist

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 working within schools. Qualifications include: Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome.  Mandy has been trained to use the ADOS assessment tool as the ‘second professional’ and 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. Further associated training includes: Carol Gray 2 Day Social Stories, 3 & 5 Day TEACCH, 2 Day PECS, 2 Day SCERTs and 1 Day Protective Behaviours.

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)
  • Specific ‘Autism in 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.

The cost of consultancy is £50/hour. This rate includes travel within 30 miles (roundtrip) of MK41 0UD. Where travel exceeds 30 miles (roundtrip) there will be an additional cost of 40p/mile added.

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 hours). Typically this would total 5 hours’ work and therefore cost £250, plus travel if applicable. 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.