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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jacqueline Ravet

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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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
                              - Conducting effective audits of provision
                              - Action planning for change


There are 2x2hr blocks of teaching each week over 4 weeks (Sept-Oct).



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


Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Submit 23rd April.

Feedback 14th May.

Word Count 6000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateDemonstrate leadership by disseminating good practice and supporting change in the wider work place
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate autism practice in the workplace and plan for change
ProceduralAnalyseIdentify and analyse the behaviours of an individual with autism that challenge self and others
ProceduralCreateCollaboratively plan and implement an intervention by applying theory to practice
ReflectionEvaluateReflect critically on current research and literature

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