Working with the autism spectrum: theory into practice CPD

New - 2022 course dates for online delivery

6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 June 2022 (closing date for application 1 May)
The course will be delivered online (details will follow once matriculated).

A blended learning approach is utilised for this module, which includes 6 mornings of live online teaching with National Autistic Society Lecturers and further learning online. The course will run over 3 weeks, with live online teaching each Monday and Tuesday morning (9.00 to 12.30).

Course details

It is an evidence-based course which explores ways of practically supporting autistic people 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.

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 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.

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.

Credits awarded

Twenty 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 following the submission of a successful case study.

The course can be completed on an attendance basis only (without the submission of the case study), however, this would not lead to any credits being awarded.

Booking onto the course

The course fees are £500.

For an application pack please contact Edinburgh Napier University administration on 0131 455 2620 or email

For any initial course enquiries please contact Mhari Henderson at

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