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Supporting Autistic Students in Educational and Residential Provisions

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The ‘Supporting Autistic Students in Educational and Residential Provisions’ course will help you to become a better practitioner, through increased understanding of the children and young people you support. It is accredited and certificated by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group and is equivalent to a level three qualification. It is appropriate for people working in educational and/or residential provisions. It is particularly relevant to learning assistants in both mainstream and special education; mainstream teachers; personal assistants; and anybody regularly working with autistic children or adults.


This year all sessions will be delivered virtually, via Microsoft Teams. Links will be sent out to you via email in advance, at the beginning of the course.


You will attend five 2-hour-long classes. The first session will cover an introduction to the course and the first ‘topic’. Each following session will cover two topics. There will be an assignment to complete for each topic, as illustrated below. Written assignments have a word limit of 1000 words, must be typed, and submitted via email. Group presentations will be delivered remotely via Zoom. Regular tutorials will be available throughout the course. Additional learning needs will be accommodated and reasonable adjustments agreed at the beginning of the course. This may involve alternative forms of assessment.


Topic Assessment method
1. What is autism? Written assignment
2. Autism and Sensory Processing Differences Written assignment
3. Psychological Theories Group presentation
4. Maintaining Physical Wellbeing Written assignment
5. Maintaining Mental Wellbeing Written assignment
6. Approaches to Support Group presentation
7. Structures Written assignment
8. Autism and Behaviour Written assignment
9. Legislation Group presentation



The course will run between November, 2023, and July 2024. There will be an option of attending either a Tuesday morning or Thursday evening session (you need only attend one or the other). There will also be a ‘guest-speaker’ in March. The dates and times of each session are indicated below.

SESSION Tuesdays 09:30 – 11:30 Venue Thursdays
17:30 – 19:30
SESSION ONE (covering introduction and topic 1) 26.11.24 Teams 28.11.24 Teams
SESSION TWO (covering topics 2 and 3 17.12.24 Teams 19.12.24 Teams
SESSION THREE (covering topics 4 and 5) 28.01.25 Teams 30.01.25 Teams
Guest speaker TBC 27.03.25 Teams
SESSION FOUR (covering topics 6 and 7) 29.04.25 Teams 01.05.25 Teams
SESSION FIVE (covering topics 8 and 9) 17.06.25 Teams 19.06.25 Teams


Extra information

You will need access to a computer in order to complete assignments. Any further required resources will be provided by Seashell Trust.

Your tutor for this course will be Joe Booker, Lead Autism Practitioner. Joe has worked with autistic children and young adults for the last 15 years, in both residential and educational environments. Joe has an MEd in Autism.

More information will be shared during the introductory session but please get in touch should you need anything before then.



November 26
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United Kingdom


Seashell Trust

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