Sunday, 3 May 2020

Free Online Autism and ADHD training

Trying to find positivity in such unprecedented times, it is pleasing to see that so many companies are providing online training for free. At Broadford, we are using this time productively to upskill our staff, which will in turn be a huge benefit to our children when they return. Over 50 members of staff at Broadford have accessed at least one of these courses and have find the training extremely useful.

The below providers are offering free CPD courses, often accredited, which can be undertaken by staff whilst working from home or in isolation. All the courses are free, however, some do charge if you want to upgrade to receive a certificate and/or a badge.

Schools can apply for a 50% discount for 10+ members of staff by emailing the company direct.

On behalf of individuals who would like to complete the online training, the Teaching School will apply for the discount and will send you a voucher code to put in instead of payment details. Please contact Joanne Stanley at: jstanley@broadford.havering.sch.uk

Understanding Autism (Level 1)

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Provider
Learning Outcomes
Duration




Understanding Autism (Level 1)
Open University
After studying this course, you should be able to:
        outline what is meant by autism, why it is considered a spectrum and how it affects different individuals and families
        appreciate different approaches to understanding autism, including theoretical and clinical perspectives and personal accounts
        outline key features of psychological, neurobiological and genetic explanations of autism
        explain key aspects of diagnosis, intervention, education and life-span development
        understand topical issues including neurodiversity perspectives, autism prevalence in women and autism in global context.

24 hours free study
Week 1:
Introducing the autism spectrum

Week 2:
What is autism like?

Week 3:
Identifying and diagnosing autism

Week 4:
Explaining autism: mind and brain

Week 5:
Addressing challenges: approaches to intervention

Week 6:
Family life and education

Week 7:
Adulthood

Week 8:
Reflecting back, looking forward

To access this course, please visit:




  Understanding Autism
Course
Provider
Learning Outcomes
Duration




Understanding Autism
University of Kent (Future Learn)
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
  Explain what autism is, and evaluate how we know that it exists
  Identify social communication skills and explain what happens if they do not develop as expected
  Summarise knowledge of sensory and repetitive behaviours, and whether such behaviours are advantages or disadvantages
  Explain why many people on the autism spectrum have co-occurring conditions
  Identify the origins of strengths and difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum
  Explore and discuss lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

12 hours free study over 4 weeks
Topic 1:
What is autism and how do we know whether it exists?

Topic 2:
Social communication skills

Topic 3:
Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours

Topic 4:
Co-occurring conditions

Topic 5:
Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum

Topic 6:
Lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

To access this course, please visit:



Good Practice in Autism Education

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Provider
Learning Outcomes
Duration






Good Practice in Autism Education
University of Bath
(Future Learn)
By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
      Identify the educational requirements of children on the autism spectrum with and without intellectual (learning) difficulties
      Explain the concept of inclusion to promote inclusive culture, policies and practices within mainstream schools
      Reflect on what constitutes good practice for autism within educational settings
      Compare specific examples of good practice in autism education
12 hours free study over 4 weeks

Topic 1:
Understanding autism and intellectual disabilities


Topic 2:
Developing an inclusive curriculum


Topic 3:
Good practice in autism education


Topic 4:
Sharing good practice


To access this course, please visit:



Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice

Course
Provider
Learning Outcomes
Duration

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice
King’s College, London
(Future Learn)
See below
8 hours study over 4 weeks

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
       Discuss the prevalence and impact of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.
       Discuss ADHD as a disorder and how it differs from normal behaviour.
       Be able to critically assess key factors in the conceptualisation and understanding of the disorder.
       Discuss the core challenges faced by those with ADHD, their families and relevant professionals.
       Discuss wider issues related to ADHD, such as labelling and stigma from multiple perspectives.
       Demonstrate an empathic understanding of the experiences of people living with ADHD.
       Describe core principles, tools and techniques used in the screening and diagnosis of ADHD, and the factors that may impact on the accuracy of a diagnosis.
       Explain how ADHD is distinguished from, and relates to, other common neurodevelopmental, behavioural and mental health problems.
       Reflect upon and discuss current evidence for the genetic and environmental vulnerability for ADHD, and associated neurological mechanisms for ADHD.
       Critically discuss the current evidence base for both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions for ADHD.
       Evaluate the rationale, mechanism, and limitations of the primary medical and psychosocial treatments for ADHD.
       Evaluate practical strategies to support the educational and personal development of those living with ADHD.
       Be able to identify resources and relevant support services for those living with ADHD.
       Evaluate the biological and environmental risk factors for ADHD. 

Topic 1:
What ADHD is, and the controversies raised by the concept of ADHD

Topic 2:
Latest neuroscientific and psychiatric research base on the mechanisms, symptoms and impairments of ADHD

Topic 3:
ADHD as a developmental disorder throughout the lifespan: genes, environments (protective and risk factors)

Topic 4:
Latest neuroscientific and psychiatric research base on the various means of screening and assessing for child ADHD

Topic 5:
Latest neuroscientific and psychiatric research base on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD

Topic 6:
Understanding best practice in treatment for ADHD Mechanisms and efficacy of psychosocial treatments, pharmacological treatments supporting positive outcomes for those with ADHD and their families.

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