In this unit we explore the four key areas of difference relating to an autism diagnosis. These are social understanding, sensory processing, interests and information processing and communication. For each area we will look at strengths and challenges and common traits you may notice in the pupils you are supporting.

Now lets learn about the four key differences in social communication and behaviour by working through the following presentation. Select the left and right arrows underneath the image to advance through key areas of information contained on each the slides:

Helen Fores of Spark Sensory further describes the four key differences of communication and sensory perception in the following video:

Learner Activity: Fact & Impact

Before this next activity, take a few moments to watch the following video and review what you’ve learned so far:

Visit the next learner activity to apply some of the information you have gained thus far, or if you prefer, answer the following application questions on a separate sheet of paper:

  • Enter 3 facts about autism that you now know, which you have gained from the course so far. 
    • Start to consider how this might affect your day to day classroom practice 
    • Then take some time to think about the pupils in your care in terms of their four key areas of difference. 
      • Do their behaviours in the classroom mirror some of the aspects discussed in the previous slides?

This learner exercise will be followed by a quick true false knowledge check to help you get ready to tackle strategies in the next lesson: 


Lesson Two: Knowledge Test

The following section contains a number of questions to provide you with a quick knowledge test to help you retain the information from this module. After answering the question proceed through the remaining questions by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each set of answers:

Upon completion of this module’s material above, select the “mark complete” or “next module” button below to record your progress. This will save your place and your work on the course thus far and will enable you to complete the assessment at the end of the course.