Julie Beadle-Brown, Richard Mills

Understanding and Responding to Autism: The SPELL framework (2nd edition)

Training pack

A training resource for use in social, education, health and employment settings

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



A fully revised, new edition of Understanding and Responding to Autism: The SPELL Framework (2nd edition) including new video, self-study guide and learner workbook.

These new training and self-study resources reflect the changes in the autism context in the UK as well as in many other countries, and the valuable experience the authors have gained from many years of using the original resources for training in many different settings.

This training pack is designed for those who wish to lead more traditional classroom-based training, which is still the recommended option for delivering training in understanding and supporting people on the autism spectrum. The resource includes:

  • PowerPoint presentations for the training
  • The trainer’s guidelines which include:
    • Instructions
    • Background information
    • Optional examples and thinking activities
    • Ideas for tailoring the presentation to different audiences
  • A copy of the self-study guide, which mirrors the trainer’s guidelines from the pack, and therefore provides the background information needed to run the training in a convenient format. It also provides a self-study route through the content, guiding the reader through the materials and when to watch particular videos and do the various exercises and activities, to encourage independent thinking and learning
  • A learner workbook for classroom-based training with key points from each element of the training, some additional background information and space to complete the exercises during the sessions etc.
  • Training evaluation form and attendance certificate


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: 9781911028680
Publication: 15 November 2018


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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