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Early Years Making Sense of Autism and Early Years Good Autism Practice

Audience: Early Years & Childcare
Single session
  • Foundation

Brief Overview

Early Years Making Sense of Autism:

The module provides an introduction to autism and some initial reasonable adjustments that need to be considered when working with autistic children.  It also provides input on the creation and use of a one-page profile for individual children.

The aims of ‘Making sense of autism in the Early Years’ are to: 

  • Extend your understanding of how autism affects children in the Early Years.
  • Increase your expertise in recognising a child’s individual strengths and differences across the three areas of difference.
  • Develop your skills in identifying barriers to learning for autistic children.
  • Develop your understanding of what “reasonable adjustments” need to be made to support an autistic child.

Early Years Good Autism Practice:

In this module, we take delegates through some of the distinct learning needs, strengths, and difficulties that autistic children share, whilst helping delegates to take note of individual differences. Participants are given the opportunity to start thinking about a particular autistic child and their learning needs, along with ways in which they can adjust and adapt their own practice and the learning environment. 

The aims of ‘Good autism practice in the Early Years’ are to support practitioners who work directly with autistic children to:

  • Develop their knowledge of Good Autism Practice.
  • Understand the importance of working with others to support the child.
  • Create and deliver a plan to ensure progress.
  • Extend their understanding of how they may support a young autistic child to develop and progress.
  • Further reflect on reasonable adjustments that can be made to improve their practice in working with autistic children.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

After completing ‘Making Sense of Autism in the Early Years', you will be able to:

  • Approach autism as a difference rather than as a disorder or impairment.
  • Recognise the three areas of difference for autistic children and how these can affect a child.
  • Listen to and learn from the perspectives of autistic children and their parents/carers.
  • Reflect on their practice and implement reasonable adjustments to support autistic children.

After completing ‘Good Autism Practice in the Early Years’, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how autism can impact on the learning and wellbeing of an autistic child.
  • Understand the importance of involving the “Team around the Child” to support the child’s development.
  • Consider how to remove barriers to wellbeing, participation, and learning for autistic children.



  • Session - 15/06/2024 09:30  -  15:30

Event Type

Face 2 Face


The Ifield Smile Centre
Ifield School
Cedar Avenue
DA12 5JT

Delivered by

  • Melissa Devine
  • Morag Hards