ITC Level 3 Autism Outdoors

Developing Best Practice for Working Outdoors with Children with Autism

Autism Outdoors is a 4-day training course aimed at developing and designing best practice for working outdoors with children & young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).  Whatever kind of space you have available whether it’s a school field, a woodland, a wildlife corner or something more established, this course aims to provide the framework to develop and design inclusive practice for young people with Autism and Neurodiversity. 

This course will aim to;
  • Enhance your understanding of how to set up spaces outdoors appropriate for learners with ASC. Spaces that are communication friendly, engage the senses, and help build relationships. Inclusive spaces that are safe, accessible and benefit health and wellbeing.
  • Develop knowledge and confidence for those working outdoors with a variety of children and young people with ASC. Including extreme demand avoidant or sensory seeking individuals.
  • Provide a recognised qualification in Autistic play and outdoor engagement

The course runs over 4 days. Each day runs from 9am – 3pm 

Course Cost: £900


Topics Covered

Autism & Neurodiversity
Sensory Rich Environments
Play Rich Environments
Therapeutic spaces for Extreme Demand Avoidance
How to audit your outdoor area and create risk assessments
Ideas for how to take learners with autism outdoors in a safe, engaging and beneficial manner

Who is the course for?

Outdoor Leaders
Forest School workers
Education staff (Teachers, HLTA’s, TA’s)
Play workers developing best practise for working outdoors with ASC

What can I use the qualification for?

Completion of the practical course and required coursework will give you a Level 3 Autism Outdoors Qualification. The level 3 is equivalent to an A* – C grade at A-Level. This qualification will involve enable staff to be able to audit their environment and create clear risk assessments as well as giving them practical ways of taking their learners with ASC outdoors in a safe environment.

Entry requirments

Trainees needs to have a DBS check, have some experience working with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). A valid paediatric first aid certificate is also desirable.

Course Dates

Exmouth Forest School - £900

This is a 4 day course, running from 9am – 3pm each day.

June/July 2021: Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th June and 6th July 2021 

November 2021: Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November 2021 

March 2022: Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th March 2022 

April/May 2022: Thursday 28th April & 5th, 12th, 19th May 2022 

June 2022: Thursday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June 2022 


Our Training Promise

  • That all staff are suitable, highly skilled and passionate with a broad range of specialist qualifications and experience
  • To always have a qualified first aider on site
  • To provide the best toilets in the woods!
  • To always provide the best beverages – filter coffee not instant!
  • To create a sense of community and that you will leave feeling inspired and positive
  • To continue to support you before, during and after your learning journey with us
  • That our training will reflect the needs of our students

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