The Autism Toolbox: Training

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about training, courses and resources.

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Free Online Courses

Toolkits

For Autism Professionals

For Schools and Teachers

Local Courses


Free Online Courses

Scottish Autism: Programme for parents and carers

An online programme for parents and carers to provide information and support at times when you need it most.

Price: Free (£0)

Understanding Autism by Future Learn

Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course.

Price: Free (£0) but upgrades and premium features chargeable  

Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD (University of Derby Online)

This free online short course is designed to help you learn more about autism, Asperger's and ADHD, their differences and the importance of understanding the classification, assessment and diagnosis.

Price: Free (£0)

Webinars and Videos by the PDA Society

This series of online seminars explore aspects of the Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile and related issues. 

Price: Free (£0)

Autism Spectrum Matters by Disability Matters

Highlights some of the specific challenges faced by children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families. It includes positive examples of good practices that have been helpful in improving the experience of everyday activities and accessing services.

Price: Free (£0)

If you are employed your employer may have their own Autism Awareness Training or similar. For Buckinghamshire Country Council staff this is available via the intranet.

  

Toolkits

DWP Autism and Neurodiversity Toolkit for staff and managers

This Toolkit is a resource to support awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions and providing practical guidance for supporting people who have neurodiverse conditions into employment.

  

For Autism Professionals 

Courses by the National Autistic Society (NAS)

From Understanding autism to Autism and sport, the NAS website lists all their training courses, masterclasses and university courses.

The Puzzle Centre

The Puzzle Centre are the Autism Education Trust (AET) Early Years Hub for Milton Keynes. They deliver this high quality-training programme for any school or setting with children in the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The Puzzle Centre also offers a range of training courses on autism good practice for both parents and practitioners.

A range of resources and training materials for teachers and settings. More resources for teachers can be found in the Resources for Teachers section of this toolbox.

 

For Schools and Teachers

The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC)

The AuTC specialists design bespoke packages for the needs of staff in their particular setting, from nurseries, through primary and secondary, grammar schools, private schools, into college or Sixth Form and on to university. Their training is interactive and includes practical strategies that can be used to productively support your children or young person. AUTC also run regular free parent information sessions which are followed by our very popular parent seminars throughout the year.

The Puzzle Centre

The Puzzle Centre are the Autism Education Trust (AET) Early Years Hub for Milton Keynes. They deliver this high quality-training programme for any school or setting with children in the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The Puzzle Centre also offers a range of training courses on autism good practice for both parents and practitioners.

Local Courses 

The NAS EarlyBird Programme

EarlyBird is a term-time run programme (with a break for half term) for parents/carers of young children (aged up to 8) with an autism spectrum disorder. A pre-school or school practitioner who is currently involved with the child, may also attend.

Autism Information and Training by Buckinghamshire Early Years

Courses, training and events on the Buckinghamshire Early Years website.

Autism Spectrum and Language Delay Courses (Oak Green School, Aylesbury)

Learn to manage difficult behaviour, develop skills to improve your child’s confidence and share ideas, thoughts and take part in discussion within a group. This course at Oak Green School is available to parents with children aged 2 to 11 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASA). This course is designed to complement the good practice you are already doing at home. 

The Autism Teaching Company

The Autism Teaching Company (AUTC) often run paid courses, workshops and seminars in Buckinghamshire.

Speech and Language

The Hanen Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organisation has guides on two communication programmes with links to find where and when they are running locally. Find out more about these via the links below.

Takes Two to Talk

More Than Words

The Puzzle Centre

The Puzzle Centre offers a range of courses and outreach services for parents, carers, and professionals. These include Understanding Behaviour, Speech and Language Therapy, Communication and Play training, and SCERTS.