Working with the Autism Spectrum

This undergraduate course is a successful collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and the National Autistic Society. It is an evidence based course which explores ways of practically supporting people with autism and Asperger syndrome in a range of settings.

Working with the autism spectrum: theory into practice

To be held at Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh on the following dates: 16th, 17th and 18th May 2018

It is an evidence based course which explores ways of practically supporting autistic people and Asperger syndrome in a range of settings. The assessment (a case study essay) will allow you to reflect upon your own practice, and use the knowledge you gain to further improve the support you offer to autistic people. Although the assessment is optional, it is highly recommended.

The course is relevant to you if you share our passion to improve the person-centred support being provided to autistic people. As a practitioner or a parent, the course will help you to learn about the theory of autism and relate this to your current practice. By participating in a programme with a multi-disciplinary group of people, from areas including health, education and care, you will also feel confident about using newly-learned skills and approaches to improve the support you provide.

Course details 

A blended learning approach is utilised for this module, which includes three days face to face at Edinburgh Napier, taught by The National Autistic Society, and further learning online. Programme delivery includes an introduction to autism, evidence based practice and the SPELL framework for intervention, social communication and interaction, sensory differences, understanding behaviour, personal and family perspectives. 

Course fees: £420

Credits awarded 

20 credits at the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 8 (equivalent Scottish Higher Education (SHE) level 2 or Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) level 4) awarded by Edinburgh Napier University.

Due to the popularity of this course we would advise early booking. The closing date for applications is 20 April 2018 (or will close when course is full).

For an application pack please contact Edinburgh Napier University course administration on 0131 455 5623 or email For any initial course enquiries, please contact Mhari-Henderson Laidlaw at