We offer a range of well-designed short courses, including CPD courses for those working in the field and study opportunities for parents and carers.

The SPELL framework

The SPELL framework, developed by the National Autistic Society, is a socially valid framework that supports the understanding of autism and the development of autism-friendly environments and approaches. It is an individualised and person-centred approach based on five key elements: structure, positive approaches and expectations, empathy, low arousal and links.

  • Day one: understanding people on the autism spectrum
  • Day two: supporting people on the autism spectrum
  • Day three: training for trainers. The day assesses your ability to provide training using the materials that form the first part of the accreditation process. The focus is on providing guidance around using the training materials for understanding and supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum. 

It is possible to attend days one and two without attending day three, depending on your training requirements. 

We run this course on an annual basis. The next training programme runs from Monday 1 July to Wednesday 3 July 2019. 

Please contact us to register your interest. To book your place, or find out more, visit our online store

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BACB continuing education

The Tizard Centre offers CEUs (continuing education units) as an approved continuing education provider for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 

The Journal Club: online discussions

Our new online discussion group allows you to explore the latest research in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and gain continuing education units. Using video conferencing, each event discusses a recent research article and is led by a professional with specialist expertise in the topic. You also explore how research findings can be put into practice.

The events are suitable for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BACBs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs). Each event provides a type 2 continuing education unit (CEU) from the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board). 

The latest topics are listed below; please contact us for information on future events. 

Precision Teaching
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 16:00-17:00
Led by Thanos Vostanis

Preschool Life Skills Curriculum 
Wednesday 14 June 2019, 16:00-17:00 
Led by Ciara Gunning

System-wide PBS (Positive Behaviour Support)
Tuesday 9 July 2019, 14:00-15:00
Led by Professor Peter McGill

There is a registration fee of £5 for each event; go to our online store to enrol. 

Understanding Autism – online course

Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with a  free online course produced by Tizard Centre in partnership with FutureLearn.

First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world.  It is a spectrum condition; all people on the spectrum share certain difficulties, but their condition affects them in different ways. 

The online course explores questions such as: what is autism? It also covers topics such as social communication skills, sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours, co-occurring conditions, strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum and lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum.

Dr Jill Bradshaw, Tizard Centre is the academic lead on this online course. With starting dates throughout the year, please book your free place online.

Talking Mats

Talking Mats communication symbols tool is based on extensive research and was designed by speech and language therapists (SLTs). It uses unique, picture communication symbols which are attractive to all ages and communication abilities. Talking Mats is being used by clinical practitioners, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social work, residential and education settings to help people to organise their thoughts and express their views.

This two-part foundation training is structured to allow you time to reflect and develop your own communication skills between the sessions. You are provided with a topic set, so that you can put the resource into practice straightaway. Attendance at both sessions is required. For more information, contact Dr Jill Bradshaw, Consultancy Manager. 

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Training for trainers

Our ‘training for trainers’ course is run at the University’s Canterbury campus. 

The first day is classroom-based and provides information on the key issues for delivering materials. The second day focuses on the skills and knowledge required for training and leadership. You need to attend both days of training. 

To attend the course, you should have experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities in a facilitative way and work in an organisation where you can gain hands-on practice between sessions. 

If you have attended the entire course and would like to gain certification, you are assessed via two video clips – one of you providing support and one of you giving feedback to a member of staff who provides support. 

This course runs on a regular basis; to book your place, or find out more, visit our online store

In-house training

This training can also be offered as a bespoke in-house course to services that have large numbers of staff to train. For more information on bespoke courses, contact Dr Jill Bradshaw, Consultancy Manager. 

Other training

The Tizard Centre can offer bespoke training packages to services. Please contact us for more details or an informal discussion.

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