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Independent Learning Courses

These courses are for practitioners, professionals, and those that work with or alongside autistic people in a variety of settings including support services, educational establishments and workplaces.

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Online Courses

Who are our training courses for?


Our online training courses are aimed at practitioners, professionals, and those that work with or alongside autistic people in a variety of settings including support services, educational establishments and workplaces. If you are autistic or identify as autistic, you may wish to contact our Autism Advice Line.

Autism is a lifelong, developmental difference in the way a person communicates, interacts and processes information. Every autistic person is different and our training aims to increase understanding of these differences. By doing so we strive to create communities that support autistic people to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. 

Our training takes participants through a learning pathway to increase their awareness and understanding of autism. Together, we will explore the most recent theoretical and practice based thinking on autism. We will consider this alongside approaches that enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of autistic people.


All courses are accredited by the CDP Certification Service.


How do our training courses work?


Each course is delivered via an online learning platform. Our blended learning model includes pre-recorded presentations from our Course Facilitators, reflective learning activities and trainer facilitated live virtual classrooms where participants will spend time reflecting on their learning. Our approach to training goes beyond the more traditional online learning models. It enables participants to reflect on their learning and to start to apply it to their current role with the support and guidance from experienced autism practitioners.

Each one of our courses is delivered over a 3 week period and participants must complete the following each week: 

  • 1 x 30 minute self-directed learning session via recorded presentation 
  • 1 x 30 minute reflective learning activity
  • 1 x 1 hour virtual classroom discussion session delivered live 

Participants must complete all 3 elements in each week to receive the CPD accreditation. The time required to complete a course is around 6 hours.

Please note you must sign up for a course by noon on the Friday before the course begins.

What's the cost?


All courses cost £60 per person per course.

What have participants said about our courses?



No matter how experienced a worker is, it is always good to refresh your thinking so you do not become complacent in the care we provide – this course meets this, it’s informative, well-paced and current.

Course Participant


The blended learning approach by Scottish Autism exceeded my expectations, providing a mix of self-paced online activities and facilitated discussions through a platform that was accessible to our staff.  Communication I had with Joanna throughout the development and delivery of the training could not be faulted. The positive communication extended during the delivery of the course, with all involved being extremely helpful and accommodating with the participants, recognising this was, for some, a new way of learning.

Diane Roth, Workforce Development Lead Officer, Fife Council

Frequently Asked Questions


 To learn more about our online training courses please contact us at

If you don’t see anything in our current training programme to suit your learning needs then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements. 

These Terms and Conditions apply to all training that we deliver, whether it is online training, a course that we are delivering at your workplace or bespoke training that you have commissioned Scottish Autism to deliver.

All training that is booked, must be paid for prior to the date of the training to be delivered.



1. We can invoice you for payment, in circumstances where the training date is at least 42 days (6 weeks) in advance. You must provide full details of your finance department and a Purchase Order number (where relevant) upon booking, so that an invoice can be sent out promptly.

2. If an invoice is requested, payment terms are 30 days from date of invoice. Full payment must be made at least 7 working days prior to the training date.



Payments for training booked less than 42 days in advance must be made by one of the following methods:

1. Payment via the training course booking system on the website. 2. We will accept payment by BACS. Please email for more details.

Please note that full payment must be made at least 7 working days prior to the training date.

Cancellations and refunds

1. You have the right to cancel within 14 days from the date the booking was made, or payment received, whichever is the latter. Please communicate your cancellation to us by emailing

1. Any cancellations received 14 working days before the date of the course will receive a full refund. If you have booked your training course within 14 days of the date of the course, you will not be entitled to a full refund.

2. Cancellations received between 7-14 working days, will receive 50% refund.

3. Cancellations received within 7 working days of the date of the course will not be refunded.

4. In the event that we cannot allocate you a place on a training course that we are running, your payment will not be processed, or it will be refunded.

Delegate Rate

The price per delegate for each of our online training courses is specified on our website. Costs for our online training webinars, on-site training and bespoke training will be confirmed with you directly.


Course Date Transfer

Scottish Autism reserves the right to alter, or cancel, a training course due to circumstances outside of our control (e.g. adverse weather conditions, illness/unexpected unavailability of a trainer, lack of internet connection for virtual training). Every effort will be made to give as much notice as we can, although this may not always be possible in some circumstances. Should an event of this nature happen, we will endeavour to reschedule your course as soon as possible. In these circumstances, if you are not able to attend the rescheduled date, or another suitable date, we will offer a full refund.


Data protection

Scottish Autism is committed to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your personal data. This policy will help you understand what information we collect from you, how we use it and your rights and choices in managing your data. Find out more here!

Courses Available

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition, and through this course you will begin to develop an understanding of the developmental differences an autistic person may have as well as turning our thinking to how this developmental profile may influence how an autistic person communicates, thinks and understands the social world.

Course objectives are:

  • To understand what autism is, and introduce autism as a developmental difference and how our thinking has involved
  • Understand Autism as a difference in communication, interaction and thinking 
  • Explore sensory differences and autism

New course dates coming soon! If you are interested in this course, please get in touch with us by emailing

This course aims to further develop participants' understanding of autism as a developmental difference. It will deepen understanding of typical and atypical development and explore what is meant by a spiky/uneven developmental profile in autism. The course will also explore the brain and emotional development and how we and others may respond to stress, in particular how autistic people may respond to this. We will also look at how our understanding of a person’s developmental profile will inform our practice moving forwards. 

Course objectives are:

  • To explore what we mean by human development 
  • Explore how the brain processes information and its emotional development 
  • How does our knowledge of human development impact our practice? 

New course dates coming soon! If you are interested in this course, please get in touch with us by emailing

This course will look at exploring sensory difference and autism, including what we as practitioners should consider when looking at the role of the environment and other aspects of the sensory world. Participants will also look at how we process the environment for meaning and how this influences our thinking and decision making. We will also look at what impact the sensory world has on our wellbeing and coping strategies.

Course objectives are: 

  • to better understand what we mean by sensory processing
  • to explore the influence of sensory processing differences on attention and wellbeing
  • to consider how sensory processing differences can be supported in practice

New course dates coming soon! If you are interested in this course, please get in touch with us by emailing

Getting an individual’s communication profile right is crucial in facilitating day-to-day interaction, enabling individuals to articulate their needs and aspirations. This course will explore how we can support individuals to articulate their needs and express their voice and choice. 


Course objectives are:

  • To explore what communication is; the different types of communication and why communication is important
  • To understand the complexities associated to communication for autistic people
  • To explore how communication can be supported in practice 

New course dates coming soon! If you are interested in this course, please get in touch with us by emailing

Through this course we will explore our understanding of what stress looks like and how it affects us. We will look at the transactional nature of stress and what impact our relationships have on our ability to cope with and support others with stress. 


Course objectives are:

  • To develop an awareness of your own stress and wellbeing and of the person(s) you support
  • To differentiate stress signatures and to understand the impact of transactional stress
  • To recognise different coping styles and gain awareness of strategies that can help manage stress and support wellbeing

New course dates coming soon! If you are interested in this course, please get in touch with us by emailing