Asperger’s Awareness Certification
If there are individuals working in your company who have responsibility for taking care of people affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, this detailed course is the perfect companion to their hands-on work, offering them a wealth of information regarding the condition and giving them the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge for their future career in this field.
As an employer, you can benefit from knowing that your team has first-class, up-to-date knowledge of the field, in order to enable them to effectively care for or treat those individuals who are affected by Asperger’s.
What’s Covered in the Course?
The course is comprehensive, covering the following key areas:
- A definition of Asperger’s Syndrome and an overview of the history of the condition, including the key differences between it and other disorders on the autistic spectrum;
- Some of the main causes of the syndrome and the impact of hereditary factors, as well as its effects, the symptoms that it causes and other diseases or conditions that individuals affected by Asperger’s Syndrome often have to deal with;
- Separate modules detailing how Asperger’s Syndrome affects adolescents and adults, recognising some of the challenges at each stage and different treatments and interventions;
- A look at famous people who are affected by the condition;
- A specific study of Asperger’s Syndrome in the workplace, including how to recognise if someone is suffering from the condition and what adjustments and support can be put in place, in order to enable the sufferer to effectively work as part of a team;
- Different treatments available for the condition, as well as techniques for coping with the effects on a daily basis.
What are the Benefits of the Course?
There are plenty of advantages of taking this Asperger’s Awareness Certification, for both the employee and the business:
- The flexible, modular structure of the course means that students can study at their own pace, at work or at home and using a variety of devices;
- Learners will acquire a greater and deeper knowledge of the condition, enabling them to have greater career prospects in the field;
- Ongoing, online support, to overcome any difficulties or queries that the learner may have;
- Upon completion of the course, learners will gain a certified, industry-recognised diploma.
- Defining Asperger's - A definition of Asperger's.
- Lack of social understanding - Why people with Asperger's struggle to understand the intent of the other.
- Difficulties with emotions - Why Asperger's people can't relate to the emotional content of their interactions and why Mr Spock is a useful metaphor for this.
- Problems with metaphor, literal mindedness - why you should never ask a person with Asperger's to “pull their socks up'.
- Research into Asperger's - Research into Asperger's really is fairly recent, most of it being carried out in the latter half of the 20th century to the present
- How Asperger's fits Into the Autistic Spectrum - The relationship between Asperger's, High Functioning Autism and ASD.
- Co-morbidities - People with Asperger's sometimes have other diagnosable conditions including dyspraxia.
- The Causes of High Functioning Autism and Asperger's - ASD is highly heritable and there are some possible genetic, environmental factors at work.
- Diagnosis of Asperger's- How Asperger's was first diagnosed
- Criteria based diagnosis - An examination of how practitioners decide objectively on a diagnosis
- Diagnostic interview - An alternative tool which includes historical evidence, criteria and an interview
- Precocious development - how people with Asperger's tend to develop, particularly in the area of mature speech
- Behavioural Issues - How some people with Asperger's have behavioural issues in school and adult life and many show a lack of empathy
- Sensory Issues - How people with Asperger's are often hyper or hypo sensitive to environmental stimuli
- Sensory Integration Disorder - A disorder which is caused by different brain functioning and a lack of ability to properly integrate sensory input from all senses into one combined understanding of the environment
- Sensory Integration therapy - A system of techniques generally practiced by OT's to help a person be better coordinated
- Dealing with aggression in people with Asperger's - to improve understanding of why people with Asperger's can get aggressive and how to help minimise the impact
- Understanding theory of mind - An insight into the different world view of people with Asperger's
- Bullying and Asperger's - will examine the reasons why young people with Asperger's may be victims of bullying and what to do about it
- Inclusion and support - Will examine the issues of inclusion in school and how all schools should develop strategies for supporting young people with Asperger's
- Being a sibling of a person with AS - How to understand and support siblings of people with Asperger's
- Asperger's and Women - recent development suggest that there are many adult women with Asperger's but they have not been diagnosed
- Asperger's and relationships - Barbara Jacobsen described this as “Loving Mr Spock'; this section will explore many of the issues faced
- Asperger's and parenting - The possible effects of having one or both parents with Asperger's
- Strengths and weaknesses - an overview of people with Asperger's in a work environment
- Support strategies - how employers can get the best out of employees with Asperger's
- Disability discrimination - what the law says about reasonable adjustments
- Finding the right role - advice on how the attributes of Asperger's can be “sold' to potential employers
- Sir Isaac Newton - Physicists and Fellow of The Royal Society probably had Asperger's and displayed a surprising lack of understanding about the world around him
- Alan Turing - computer genius, mathematician who saved millions of lives in WWII
- Susan Boyle - With the voice of an angel, singing talent Susan Boyle has left the world in amazement at both her talents and her very public meltdowns. Although she is perhaps the most famous talent to have come out of Britain's Got Talent, her Asperger's has caused her some very public difficulties
- Chris Packham - The naturalist whose appearances on TV demonstrate the strength of his special interest
- Social Stories - How to teach children to manage unfamiliar and new situations, friendships etc.…
- Social skills training - An approach and resources for developing generic social skills
- Peer mediation - new thoughts on how neurotypical pupils can help their peers with Asperger's
- Organisational skills - some tips and practical suggestions on how to help people with Asperger's be better organised
Who can take the Asperger’s Awareness Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Asperger’s Awareness Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.