Understanding learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Understanding learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Suitable for Care Assistant, Senior Care Assistant, Team Leader / Supervisor, Registered Manager, Nurse, Other staff
30-40 minutes
Free (ex. VAT)
Certificate £2.99 (ex. VAT)
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Learning outcomes
  • Define the terms ‘learning difficulty’ and ‘learning disability’, and appreciate the differences between the two terms
  • Know which conditions are most commonly associated with learning disabilities, and possess a broad understanding of the defintion, causes, and symptoms of Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Fragile X Syndrome
  • Define the term autistic spectrum disorder, and discuss things that autistic people may find difficult
  • Identify common myths associated with autistic spectrum disorders, and respond to those myths with scientific fact
  • Understand the stigma associated with learning disabilities, and appreciate the need to reflect on one’s own language and attitudes as a healthcare professional
  • Recognise things people with learning disabilities may find difficult and why
  • Describe ways in which healthcare professionals can support people who have learning disabilities
  • Explain the concept of ‘person-centered care’
  • Understand what can go wrong in the care of people with learning disabilities
  • Understand legislation in regard to learning disabilities, including the importance of capacity legislation
  • Appreciate the importance of reporting concerns, and know where to find further guidance on how to do this
  • About this course

    This course provides an understanding and overview of autism and learning disabilities and what care professionals can do to support people living with these. It includes associated conditions, person-centred care, important legislation, and where to find help to provide quality care.

    *This course meets the requirements of the Skills for Health Core Capabilities Frameworks for supporting people with a learning disability and autism.

    These frameworks are the same frameworks the Oliver McGowan training in Learning Disabilities and Autism is based on.

    This course contributes to meeting the part of CQC's Regulation 18 that states all staff receive training in how to interact appropriately with people with a learning disability and autistic people, at a level appropriate to their role.*

    This course is CPD accredited.

    Course curriculum
    Chapter 1 : What are learning disabilities?
    Chapter 2 : Conditions associated with learning disabilities
    Chapter 3 : Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    Chapter 4 : Dangerous myths about ASD
    Chapter 5 : The difference between learning disabilities and learning difficulties
    Chapter 6 : Inequalities in learning disability healthcare
    Chapter 7 : Stigma, and your role in challenging it
    Chapter 8 : Using Person-centred care to support
    Chapter 9 : Supporting communication
    Chapter 10 : Challenging behaviours
    Chapter 11 : Relevant legislation, and your responsibilities
    Chapter 12 : Reporting concerns
    Chapter 13 : A chance to reflect
    Chapter 14 : References
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