Autism Training

The Living Autism training courses are suitable for families and professionals alike.

Training is based on the Skills for Care and Skills for Health Autism Skills and Knowledge list.

We are providing a list of the most popular courses; however, we also offer bespoke packages where that is more appropriate.


Basic Autism Awareness and Understanding 

This interactive course offers a unique perspective on autistic spectrum disorders and how the condition affects individuals. The course includes areas as specified by Skills for Care and Skills for Health such as legislation, causes and history. The bulk of the session is spent on characteristics of autism and what can help autistic individuals in day-to-day living.

Autism Awareness, Effective Communication and Engagement

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with an understanding of the importance and challenges of engaging with children and adults with autism. The course covers factors that make communication and engagement challenging; how individuals with autism engage; the impact of sensory differences on communication and engagement; the environment impacts on communication and engagement; the rules of engagement.

Autism Awareness and Understanding and Supporting Distressed Behaviour

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with an understanding that behaviour which challenges in autism is seldom simple or resulting from a single cause. The course covers the role of professionals; the role of families; sensory processing; quality of life; the impact of autism.

Autism Awareness and Sensory Differences 

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with an understanding of the everyday sensory experiences of people with autism and how to provide practical support. The course covers how sensory differences impact on people with autism; exploring all the senses; differentiating between hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity and synaesthesia; practical strategies to support people at home and in the workplace.

Autism and Dementia

The aim of this course is to explore the similarities and cross-overs in experiences of people on the autism spectrum and people who develop dementia. It is intended to help show why some strategies that work for autistic people can also work with dementia patients and, therefore, for people with autism who then develop dementia.

Autism Champions/Train the Trainer (2-day course)

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with underpinning knowledge and understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Conditions to Level 3 based on the Skills for Care Autism Skills and Knowledge List. It is intended to help attendees to be able to cascade the knowledge gained to their colleagues.

Leading teams in an autism environment (6 modules)

The aim of this course is to help attendees explore different aspects of leading teams effectively in an autism environment. Areas addressed will include the individual’s perspective, staff perspectives, the team’s perspective and the organisation’s perspective.

Length of sessions

Sessions can be either for half day or for a full day.  Longer sessions allow for deeper learning and provide for more discussion time.
The 2-day Autism Champions course is 2 full days, with a gap of at least 7 days between Day 1 and Day 2.

Size in numbers of courses

Attendees are capped at 20 per session for all training other than Training for Trainers which is capped at 10.

Costs (per group) 

Costs are dependent upon the organiser arranging the venue and refreshments.

Half-day session – £495 + VAT

Full day session – £950 + VAT

2-day Training for Trainers – £1900 + VAT

Travel and accommodation expenses to be agreed in advance.


Our core team of facilitators is as below. Living Autism also partners with other autism organisations to deliver a broader range of courses.

Manar Matusiak 

has over 20 years’ experience at director level in the specialist care and education sector, in particular in the field of autism.  Manar holds a Masters in Education Management. She helped to set up and develop the first transitional residential service in the country for young adults with autism and complex needs for Options Group.  Her background is in teaching and management. During her career, she was Personal and Professional Development Director for Options Group, one of the national specialist autism providers, overseeing the development (including delivering direct training) of over 1,000 staff, managers and directors in children’s and adult’s provisions. Manar is now Managing Director of Living Autism, helping people with autism and their families to find the most appropriate support for their needs. Manar provides training for care providers, employers, families and professionals across the country. She also offers coaching to individuals on the autism spectrum.

Geoff Evans 

began his professional career in the autism field 30 years ago at The National Autistic Society. During this time he gained considerable experience in working with people across the whole spectrum as well as supporting families. In addition to his social work qualifications, Geoff has qualifications in Management, Training & Development and Outdoor Education. His extensive experience has been utilised by universities, the National Autistic Society, local authorities and others to enhance the design, content and delivery of a range of training programmes. In recent years Geoff has consolidated his position as an expert in the field of ASD and has built a nationally and internationally recognised reputation as a renowned speaker and specialist trainer.

Ronnie Pinder 

is a self-advocate. “I am married with five daughters and live and work in York. Like an increasing number of people, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in adulthood, after over forty years of struggling yet not realising that others didn’t experience the world in the way that I do. Diagnosis changed my life and gave me the confidence to speak in public about my experiences of being autistic. Since diagnosis I have been giving talks and taking part in training and workshops with both doctors and other clinicians and also to the general public. I offer a unique perspective giving first hand experiences.”

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If you need help looking for services for an individual with an autism spectrum condition, we can help. Click below for the Autism Placement Support Service.

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