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Free home study course: Understanding Autism, making your practice autism friendly

autism awareness

Free Online learning

Course suitable for: hypnotherapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, life coaches, masseurs, beauticians, complementary therapists, hairdressers, dentists, doctors, practice nurses and other professionals with clients on the autistic spectrum
Level: introductory, skills and knowledge development, suitable as CPD
Availability: Worldwide


About this course on making your business autism-friendly

Autism is defined by the National Autistic Society as 'a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them'. Around 700,000 people in the UK may be autistic, or more than 1% of the population, so it' s quite likely that some of the clients who present to your practice are on the autistic spectrum. You may not necessarily be working with them for issues directly connected to their autism, but the condition is inevitably part of their personality and how they respond to the world. By understanding it - and them - more fully, you can make the experience of therapy as positive and easy as possible.

This course is written by a mother and daughter team. Debbie Waller is an experienced therapist, writer and trainer. Rachel Waller, also an experienced author, is on the Autistic spectrum herself. They have put together this course for therapists and others who provide services to those with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) to help you understand the challenges they face and to provide them with the support they need.

The course covers:

  • What is autism?
  • The triad of impairments
  • Wider aspects of autism
  • How autism affects daily life
  • Tips for making your practice autism-friendly

ACCPH.CPDTime taken to complete the course varies quite a bit depending on how much additional reading and research you choose to undertake, but our guide is around 6 hours.

'Make your practice Autism-Friendly' is validated as CPD by the ACCPH.



Feedback on this course

I thoroughly enjoyed the course you presented on ‘Understanding Autism’ which was presented in such an engaging easy format. The generous sharing of your knowledge on the subject matter and the many knowledgeable findings and links presented during the course has truly shown that Autism indeed stands for a group of people that are ‘Always Unique, Totally Intelligent and Sometimes Mysterious'. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the group to take this course. Bruni Brewin – President Emeritus, Australian Hypnotherapists Association

I loved this so much I couldn’t put it down and stop. Every therapist should read this. Susan Watson

Excellent course that condenses a wide and complex subject into an easily understood format that forms a solid foundation that anyone can build on, and is an excellent add-on for any therapist that will undoubtedly enhance their practice. Peter Allison

The course is easy to understand and gives a comprehensive guide to those not aware of Autism, and builds on what you ‘think’ you know. I would recommend that all therapists and those working in the care sector do it. Even parents of non-Autistic children. Think it should be rolled out in schools to teach all children about it so that they are not stigmatised. Mariea Sweeting

How to enrol

Read the terms and conditions, then submit the request form (here) and we will send you the course material via email as soon as we can. We normally respond to requests within 24 hours but it may take longer at holiday times or busy periods.

What will I receive?

There is a workbook provided with detailed and informative course notes, supported by brief on-line slide shows which pick out the highlights of each section and provide additional information. This is the first of these, to give you a taster...


The workbook includes suggestions for independent study and links out to additional information and ideas.

Essentially you read through the notes, carry out the set tasks and return your workbook to us for feedback. A certificate will be emailed to you on satisfactory completion.

Course authors: Debbie & Rachel Waller

Reminder - how to enrol

Read the terms and conditions, then fill in the request form here and we will send you the course material via email as soon as we can. We normally respond to correspondence within 24 hours but it may take longer at holiday times or busy periods.


We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

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