(CPD005) Understanding Neurodiversity

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This is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course

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There are no set dates as this course is available on an on demand basis

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Tutor: Dr Anne Margaret Smith
Course Code: CPD005
Level: Non-accredited, non-credit bearing
Assessments/Exams: None. Throughout the course you will be asked to reflect on your learning, and to keep updating a chart relating to different forms of neurodiversity. At the end, you will be asked to submit the chart and you will receive some feedback on your work, as well as a certificate of participation.
Duration: 10 weeks
Estimated Student Study Time: Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours per session
Price: £150.00.
Pre-Requisite Course(s): No qualifications or experience required
Delivery: Online Distance Learning – self study.
Required Materials:

‘Raising Awareness of SpLDs’

Raising awareness of SPLDs


Adventures on Inkling island’

Adventures on Inkling Island


All participants will receive a copy of these materials on registering for this course. Once the materials have been sent, the online course materials will also be made available. Please contact Anne Margaret if you would like to discuss your requirements or preferences regarding the posting of the hard copies.


Each human brain is unique, and there are infinite natural variations in the way we each process information. This course looks at the many forms that neurodiversity can take, and considers the impact that it can have on us in our daily lives and particularly when we are learning. The key characteristics of common specific learning differences (splds) are identified, enabling participants to recognize them and respond appropriately. Experiential activities and social stories empower participants to raise awareness of these splds in their communities after the course.

This course is designed primarily for teachers who would like to:

  • enhance their understanding of their neurodivergent students’ barriers to learning
  • feel better equipped to put appropriate interventions in place.

It is also useful for parents of neurodivergent children, and anybody working with teams or groups of people, which will probably include some neurodivergent members. The course tutor comes from a language teaching background, so many of the examples are based on this experience. However, the principles and suggested strategies are applicable across the curriculum and for all ages, including in the workplace.

Syllabus Plan

There are 10 sessions, which should be worked through in order:

Week 1) What is neurodiversity?

Week 2) Understanding dyslexia

Week 3) Understanding dyspraxia

Week 4) Understanding dyscalculia

Week 5) Understanding AD(H)D

Week 6) Understanding autism

Week 7) Understanding co-occurring SpLDs

Week 8) Developing memory skills

Week 9) Supporting organization strategies

Week 10) Building self-esteem and self-awareness