Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism


Designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the autism spectrum, current research, and best practice approaches, this comprehensive programme equips teachers, parents and other practitioners with evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of children and young people with autism, from preschool to further education.

From the search for an explanation, to diagnosis, assessment, proven interventions and teaching approaches, this course provides a clear route to unravelling the complexity of ASD. Drawing on the most up-to-date neuroscience and research and including the diagnostic implications of the DSM V , it will guide you through constructive, evidence-based and contextually relevant ways to help children and young people with ASD realise their full potential.

You will become familiar with current theories and perspectives on ASD and the implications for practice. Early identification, assessment and diagnostic procedures, individual educational planning and early intervention approaches, such as EarlyBird and LEAP, are examined. Models of intervention, such as TEACCH, Pivotal Response Training and FloorTime, are detailed and explained. We review effective teaching approaches and adaptations for students with ASD and provide you with practical strategies and techniques for optimising learning and behaviour.  You will learn how to prevent and intervene with challenging behaviour and also how to support the emotional development and wellbeing of children and young people with ASD, including those with Asperger syndrome. Crucially, the voices of individuals and families with ASD are included through videos and interviews to give you the benefit of their experiences and insights.


  • Gain practical skills for identification, assessment and support of children and young people with ASD in a range of settings
  • Review best practice teaching approaches for working with students with ASD and addressing their learning differences and specific learning needs
  • Learn effective strategies for increasing positive behaviour and for decreasing undesirable behaviour
  • Learn proven practical techniques and exercises for building social/communication skills in children with ASD
  • Gain a wealth of strategies for supporting children with sensory issues, anxiety and emotional and relationship difficulties related to ASD.
  • Enjoy rich opportunities for collaboration with our online network of learners and tutors.
  • Save printable course materials and resources for future reference.

All of our tutors are experienced practitioners who specialise in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and will provide you with one-to-one expert guidance as you complete your studies online.

Technical support is provided by our dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who are available to assist you by telephone or email.

Interactive Learning Assignments accompany each module. Each student is also required to complete a Reflective Assignment as well as a CPD record.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development and a Learning Log of your work, which can be included in your CPD portfolio.

About The Course

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is an umbrella term used to describe individuals who have very specific difficulties in social skills and with communication and who engage in restrictive or repetitive activities.  ASD describes a spectrum of disorders, including Asperger syndrome and spanning the full range of ability.

International statistics demonstrate a steep rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since the 1990s. It is now estimated to run to as much as 1% of the population worldwide. This dramatic increase is currently being experienced in our schools, communities and families and demands specialised knowledge, understanding and skills.  This course is designed to respond to this need and provides flexible and accessible training and rapid upskilling for those working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

International statistics demonstrate a steep rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with ASD since the 1990s.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is primarily designed to give teachers, parents and other allied professionals the confidence and skills to support children and young people with autism, including those with Asperger syndrome. It will also prove beneficial for inclusion managers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), educational psychologists, teaching assistants, special needs assistants, social care workers and local authority support-team members, among others.

Approved by the Department of Education and Skills

This course is approved by the Department of Education and Skills. Three EPV days will be allowed for primary school teachers who take the course during the summer term. Please note this provision applies only to the summer term as per Department guidelines.

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“I will now be able to help the children that I work with because I have the training and knowledge that I need. I am very pleased with what I have learned and feel ready to put it into practice. Before completing this course, I was lost and found it a struggle to come up with ideas on how to help the children. Now I am prepared and feel that I can give 100%. This is the early educational experience that they deserve and need to prepare them for national school."Rachael Brennan


    Spring Term 2019

    February 18th - April 14th


  • DURATION20 hours self paced study any time during the term
  • AWARDCertificate of CPD **Summer term fully approved for EPV days for Primary Teachers**
  • € FEES €150.00


Since its establishment in 2001, ICEP Europe has recognised the importance of creating strong accreditation and collaboration links with key bodies in order to cement the organisation’s standing as a quality leading provider of online education in the area of Special needs education and psychology.

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