What is the course about?
We know that the majority of autistic adults are undiagnosed and that at least 1% of the population will be on the autism spectrum. This course is about how autism - “the invisible end of the spectrum” - impacts on lives. We will explore the different trajectories and traits of autism and how the condition affects people, and look at what might help mitigate the challenges of the condition. The course facilitator had a late autism diagnosis herself and also has a son on the autism spectrum.
What will we cover?
An overview of the autism spectrum, with exercises that give a taste of how autism can feel from the inside.
- How and why autistic people experience emotions differently and communicate differently
- How and why autistic people respond differently to information in the environment
- Good communication between autistic and non-autistic people.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe four traits of autism
- Describe how these traits can impact on the lives of people with autism
- Describe two ways in which everyday settings could be made more autism friendly.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an open entry, personal development course so the group may range from people with no knowledge or experience of autism through to people living with the condition. Please come willing to share and learn from others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is taught using a variety of methods including, group work, discussions, and presentation. Some pre-course reading may be supplied but will be optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs or materials needed.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within our Professional Development section you may also be interested in: Autism awareness PT562; Focussing: access your inner knowing (PT510); Working with anger PT514; Please note these courses are aimed at counsellors and others in the helping professions.
Within the Personal Development section you may also be interested in:
Achieving emotional literacy PG629
Living with shyness PG709
Body wisdom for beginners PG692
Inklings: write your self PG701
Write off your inner critic PG717.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details