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Course Overview

This course explores the links between the diagnostic criteria for autism (difficulties with social communication, social interaction, flexibility of thought & sensory integration) and behaviour. We critically explore positive, evidence-based approaches to identifying solutions. We also critically examine the links between the national strategy for autism, theory and practice and the meaning of the notion of the ‘autism friendly workplace’. Students are introduced to strategies for reflecting critically upon workplace provision via structured auditing and action planning for change.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jacqueline Ravet

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course aims to give participants an understanding of the behaviours demonstrated by individuals on the autism spectrum and equip them with a variety of strategies and approaches to support these learners.

Topics will include: - Constructions of behaviour
                              - Impacts of contexts and values
                              - Theories and perspectives
                              - Using the autism lens
                              - Avoidance and prevention of challenging behaviour
                               - Approaches to functional analysis
                              - Crisis management
                              - Risk assessment
                              - Developing collaborative approaches

Further Information & Notes


Course participants must have a commitment to the inclusion of learners with autism spectrum disorders and have access to an appropriate setting for the purpose of undertaking the assessment task and gaining practical experience.

·         This is an interprofessional course for practitioners from Education, Health, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector.

·         This is a ‘specialist’ course so all participants must have some knowledge and understanding of autism in order to undertake the courses

·         All participants must have access to a workplace for the purposes of the assignments which are all workplace-based.

·         All courses are ‘face-to-face’ delivery

·         Course 1 is ‘core’ i.e. it must be completed before any of the other courses can be undertaken

·         Course 3 can only be undertaken after completion of courses 1 and 2.



In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 25, 27

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments


Formative assessment will be a further feature throughout the course through discussion, group activities and individual reflective and evaluative tasks. Participants will also be asked to keep a Professional Diary. Summative assessment will take the form of a 6000-word submission (written or mixed media) focused directly on workplace applications. There will be one opportunity to re-submit assignments that have been revised to take account of tutor feedback.



Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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