Understanding autism

Basic autism awareness training for parents, carers and staff who need an understanding of autism in their role. The resources in this section will help you to better identify signs of autism, know how to make reasonable adjustments and communicate effectively. Use the links on the right hand side to find resources in specific topic areas.



A service for young people with Social Difficulties including Communication, Learning Difficulties, Vulnerability in the Community and / or ASD. Read more »

A is for autism

This award-winning animation is a series of short glimpses into the condition of autism, all contributed by people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more »

Accredited introduction to autistic spectrum condition (including Asperger’s syndrome)


This Open College course (unit code 2-GB6-039) is for anyone working with adults or children with autism during the course of their work but has had no formal training. Read more »

Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. Read more »

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders


This one-day awareness training course provided by Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA) offers an introduction to the topic of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Read more »

Ask autism online training


The Ask autism online training suite published by the National Autistic Society has been developed and delivered by people on the autism spectrum. It provides an ‘insiders’ perspective of autism to give you a unique understanding of how people on the autism spectrum would like to be understood and supported. Read more »

Asperger’s Syndrome For Dummies

Asperger’s Syndrome For Dummies covers everything that both sufferers and parents need to know about the condition. Read more »

Autism and Asperger Syndrome (The Facts)


This book provides a factual guide to autism and Asperger syndrome for those with the diagnosis, their parents and families, and the medical professionals involved. Read more »

Autism information from the BBC


A section of the BBC website about autism with news stories, audio and video reports. Read more »

Autism seminars for families – facilitator resource pack


This resource pack aims to assist professionals who support families who have a child with autism. Read more »

Autism: Receiving and understanding a diagnosis


Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be difficult and confusing for young people and their families. In this DVD, produced by the Autism Education Trust (AET), a group of young people on the autism spectrum share their experiences of receiving a diagnosis. Read more »


Brainwave provides therapy for children with developmental delay whether caused by cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorder or brain injury. Read more »

Building awareness of adult autism


This e-learning module, developed by the British Pschological Society (BPS) will find help you to the answer to the key question ‘What is autism?’. Read more »

Frome Music Therapy Centre

Frome Music Therapy Centre is private music therapy centre using a humanistic and person-centred approach. Read more »

Introduction to Autism


This e-learning module, produced in partnership by the SHIP autism workforce development and training group, provides an introduction to the topic of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Read more »

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Parent’s Guide


This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. Read more »

Lisa Masters, training provider

Lisa Masters provides training which helps learners to understand the ‘what is’ with the crucial ‘how to’ support and work with older teenagers and adults with Asperger syndrome/autism spectrum disorders. Read more »

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

This Forum is for parent carers and carers of children who have additional needs and/or disabilities. The Forum will get your voice heard by the decision makers in the local authority. Read more »

Somerset Total Communication

Somerset Total Communication (STC) is a multi-agency partnership with Somerset County Council, Somerset Health Community, Speech and Language Therapy Services. Read more »

Ten point awareness poster


This Royal College of Nursing (RCN) poster outlines ten main points to consider when dealing with people with autism. Read more »

The Autistic Spectrum: Characteristics, causes and practical issues

This book provides a complete historical and factual overview of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more »

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome


This book provides information on various aspects of the Asperger’s syndrome. Read more »

Understand autism seminar booklet


This booklet accompanies the Autism seminars for families – facilitator resource pack containing practical advice and information and including space to make notes during seminars. Read more »