Understanding Autism Free Online Course by University of Kent

University of Kent

The University of Kent is offering free online course on Understanding Autism. You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

In this four-week course, applicants will understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course. This course will start on September 4, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Understanding Autism
Institution: University of Kent and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 4, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses including Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge in the picturesque south-east of England (close to London) and its European sites in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

About This Course

First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what autism is, and evaluate whether it really exists.
  • Identify social communication skills and explain what happens if they do not develop as expected.
  • Summarise knowledge of sensory and repetitive behaviours, and whether such behaviours are advantages or disadvantages.
  • Explain why many people on the autism spectrum have co-occurring conditions.
  • Identify the origins of strengths and difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum.
  • Explore and discuss lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum.

Requirements

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

Instructors

Antony Osgood

Tony is a lecturer at the Tizard Centre, part of the University of Kent. He specialises in understanding and responding to challenging behavior.

Fiona Gullon-Scott

Fiona Gullon Scott is an Associate Lecturer with the Tizard Centre and an Academic Tutor with the University of Newcastle. A Chartered Psychologist, I have specialised in autism spectrum conditions for over 22 years.

Jill Bradshaw

Dr Jill Bradshaw is a Lecturer in Learning Disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. She is also a Speech and Language Therapist and has been working in this field for 25 years

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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