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Training approach

The National Autism Trainer Programme (NATP) aims to train staff to Trainer level and support them to embed our approach and train staff in their own settings.

Training is delivered to cohorts of up to 23 delegates.

Our experience shows that small cohort sizes have a positive effect on delegates’ experiences and learning, increasing the impact of the training. Our Trainers are able to create safe learning spaces and meaningfully engage with all delegates. This enables open, respectful discussions and ensures attendees feel able to share vulnerabilities and challenges from their daily practice.

There are three components to achieving autism Trainer recognition:

1. During the training, you are required to attend a four-day online training (09:00-17:00) on the same day of the week, over four weeks. The training is co-produced by renowned experts and experienced Trainers from Anna Freud and AT-Autism and delivered by autistic and non-autistic experts in the field. Trainers will facilitate safe spaces for reflective discussions and meaningful engagement via a range of presentations, videos and case studies for small cohorts of up to 23 delegates. You should expect to be actively engaged in each session.

2. Post-training, you will join a Community of Practice. This is led by our Community of Practice Lead. Monthly shared learning seminars will offer a safe space for you to meet with other Trainers, share your experiences and develop your training practice to benefit your co-workers. You will also hear from internationally renowned autistic and non-autistic experts, to extend and consolidate your knowledge.

3. You will be supported to co-deliver the training with autistic Experts by Experience and embed our approach in your own settings.

Training roadmap

Our training roadmap graphic and video explains the course process, the steps to becoming a NATP trainer and how to train colleagues.  

Kieran Rose on co-production of the National Autism Trainer Programme

Kieran Rose, Trainer and Content Developer on the National Autism Trainer Programme, talks about the co-produced nature of the Programme.