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Autism Awareness


Completion of this course collection carrries 5 SACE CPD points.

SACE is the South African Council for Educators and aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate professional development.


This course will give learners an introduction and awareness of autism. It is aimed at people who want to understand and make a difference in the lives of individuals with the autism spectrum condition, including parents, carers, professionals and individuals with a diagnosis of autism and who have little or no knowledge of the condition. It is also designed for people who require a refresher in the subject.


This awareness course is intended for anyone who requires an understanding of autism, this includes:

  • Carers, parents and professional organisations
  • Adult and Children's Social Care Services staff and other local authority partner organisations
  • Housing and public health staff
  • Health staff 
  • Education staff

About this course

This course will heighten your awareness and increase your understanding of autism.

The course is split into three modules:

  • What is autism?
  • What are the main challenges?
  • Characteristics and diagnosis of autism


In this course you will learn:

  • What autism is
  • What causes autism
  • About the autistic spectrum
  • What the three main challenges people with autism face
  • About the typical characteristics of individuals with autism
  • About the importance diagnosing autism
  • About the strengths and positives of having autism


Here are some of the topics covered in the modules:

What is autism?; How common is autism? | What is Asperger syndrome? | What causes autism? | So how much do you know about autism? | The Autism Spectrum | The main challenges | Social communication | Body language, facial expressions and tone of voice | Sayings and phrases | Social interaction | Making friends | Social imagination | Mind blindness | Sensory issues | What does autism feel like? | Coping methods | Typical characteristics | Diagnosis of women | The strengths of autism