Julie Beadle-Brown, Richard Mills

Understanding and Responding to Autism: The SPELL Framework Self-study Guide (2nd edition)


A self-study guide for use in social, education, health and employment settings

A self-study resource for staff working in health, social care and educational settings.



Understanding and Responding to Autism, The SPELL Framework Self-study Guide (2nd edition) provides a self-study route through the SPELL framework, supporting people on the autistic spectrum using a person-centred approach that also promotes neurodiversity. The book guides the reader through the materials and when to watch particular videos and do the various exercises and activities.

A copy of the book is also included in the Understanding and Responding to Autism: The SPELL Framework 2nd edition training pack as it mirrors the trainer’s script from the pack and provides the background information needed to run the training, provided in a convenient format.

It includes audio files, videos and exercises to promote independent thinking and learning.

The aim is to promote understanding of autism and to help people provide person-centred support to children and adults on the autism spectrum. This revision will elaborate on the SPELL framework as a way to both understand and support children and adults on the autism spectrum.


The resources can be used for training staff and managers working in autism support services and educational settings, including, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, behavioural specialists, speech and language therapists, learning disability nurses, teachers and teaching assistants, family members, day service staff and students.


ISBN: 9781912755196
Publication: 16 November 2018

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding autism
  3. Supporting people with autism – the SPELL framework in practice
  4. Resources and further reading


Dr Julie Beadle-Brown is professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent and in Disability Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her teaching, research and consultancy focuses on promoting better quality of life for people with learning disabilities and autism through high quality, community based services at both national and international levels. In particular, she has researched, published and consulted on deinstitutionalisation and community living and on person centred approaches such as active support and what is needed in terms of workforce development and leadership to ensure better quality of life outcomes for people with disabilities.


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