Autism is a spectrum of conditions ranging from low functioning Autism through to high functioning Asperger’s. It is a lifelong condition that presents various challenges for those people affected by Autism and the services in place to provide care, education, training and support. There is an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services. However, it has been recognised that Autism and its related conditions are prevalent globally, and this programme explores the international context to highlight best practice initiatives.
The Autism and Related Conditions programme is a unique training and development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for those professionals who are seeking to advance and specialise their knowledge and practice in Autism.
In response to the Autism Act (2009), the UK government produced statutory guidance in 2010 for health, social care and educational organisations, which highlighted the strategic need for staff training at all levels, service planning and the creation of local leadership. Part of this guidance places an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services. However, it has been recognised that Autism and its related conditions are prevalent globally, and this programme explores the international context to highlight best practice initiatives.
Key features of the Autism and Related Conditions programme include:
Innovative and integrated curriculum that reflects the various aspects in the provision of autism services (i.e. clinical, social care and specialist education). Flexibility for you to gain specialist knowledge in their respective professions People living with Autism are involved in the delivery of the programme Teaching is supported by online learning and support Strong links with various third sector organisations Research informed teaching Multiprofessional teaching team with vast experience and expertise in Autism and related conditions Choice between a research project or a work based portfolio for the MSc dissertation Available as either a full time or part time study
Modules on the Autism and Related Conditions programme typically include:
-Diagnosis and Assessment -Living with Autism and related conditions -Management of Autism and Related Conditions -Foundations of Behaviour -Childhood and Adult Services for Autism and Related Conditions -Law and Policy for Autism and Related Conditions
Additionally, you will be able to choose to complete a research based dissertation or a work based reflective portfolio.
Who should take this course?
Any health care professionals (medical, nursing and allied health), educators (primary, secondary, FE and HE), social care professionals and psychologists who wish to develop their understanding, skills and leadership in Autism.
The Autism and Related Conditions programme normally requires a 2.2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject. There is also provision for admission that takes into account work experience if you have an undergraduate degree below a 2:2 honours level. If you are an international student, you will need to demonstrate knowledge of the English language at IELTS overall 6.5 or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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