Online training and resources

Are you interested in finding out more information about autism?

There are a number of online resources that provide good quality information and training.

The following list of resources isn't exhaustive, but they should help answer many questions you may have and give a good idea of resources available online.

Please note that many sites that aren't exclusively about autism may require you to search for 'autism' on their own site-specific search to easily locate their resources.

National Autistic Society

Often the best place to start with any search about autism is the National Autistic Society website www.autism.org.uk

The site's keyword search can be used to quickly find information about many different aspects of living with autism.

Professionals may be interested in registering with Network Autism. This provides the latest research and information on Autism for Professionals.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has developed 3 online autism courses.

These can be accessed via the BPS website at www.bpsshop.org.uk

There are 2 free courses (‘Building awareness of adult autism’ and ‘Supporting adults with autism’) which can be accessed by following the e-learning links on the BPS website.

The third course is aimed at those taking a psychological approach to working with people and carries a charge of £12.50

Health Talk Online

The Health Talk Online website has a range of learning materials relating to autism which can be accessed by going to: www.healthtalkonline.org

Use ‘autism’ as a key word search. This website contains useful information and video clips about autism.

SHIP Autism Partnership Boards

The SHIP (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of White and Portsmouth) Autism Partnership Boards have developed an online e-learning introduction to autism and Asperger's.

The module is free and should take 20-30 minutes to complete. It can be accessed at www.forms.portsmouth.gov.uk/autismawareness

University of Derby

Free online accredited autism training:

Understanding Autism Aspergers ADHD

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

A range of information about the recently published NICE autism guidelines for medical practitioners is available on the NICE website www.nice.org.uk

As for many other sites, the quickest way to find all the available information is by using ‘autism’ as a key word in the site search.

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners have developed some good e-learning courses for medical professionals, a self-assessment quiz, case studies and video clips that are available at their website www.rcgp.org.uk

To access this free training you have to register on the Royal College of General Practitioners website and say that you work in a health related field.

The Department of Health

The Department of Health has a useful page at www.dh.gov.uk/health/2011/12/autism-training-resources giving links to many other online resources (many of which are linked elsewhere on this page).

Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing have produced many useful resources for nurses working with patients on the autism spectrum. These include a booklet and poster looking at ‘autism friendly’ ways of working.

To access these, please search for 'autism' at www.rcn.org.uk 

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website www.rcpsych.ac.uk has a range of factsheets and useful information not just for psychiatrists but suitable for other medical practitioners and the public.