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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? | Future Learn

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Autism Spectrum Disorder was identified over 70 years ago and since then it has undergone many revisions since the time of it’s inception. The word “Autism” came into use for the first time in 1908 when it was used to describe a subset of schizophrenic patients who were especially withdrawn and self-absorbed. On May 18, 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) mentioned the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today, Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by two categories: 1) Impaired social communication and/or interaction. 2) Restricted and/or repetitive behaviors.

This April, Autism Awareness Month, we at MHT India aim to bring to you multiple research backed blogs, podcasts, webinars and products, curated by mental health professionals, in order to spread awareness about this mental disorder that is being seen in growing numbers in recent times.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder | Future Learn

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined as a neurodevelopmental disability causing difficulty with social communication and interaction with other people, as well as, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). However, there is a lot more to this complex disorder.

Right from diagnosis to finding the correct treatment or child development centre can be extremely consuming for the care givers as well as for the individual on the spectrum. This process can be exceptionally difficult if you are not aware of what this complex neuro-disability actually comprises off. On the other hand, it can be daunting for mental health professionals to not have a clear understanding of the disorder that they might be dealing with.

Hence, here is one resource that can help you learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder in depth, that too from an accredited platform.

If you are like us who is always looking for research-backed resources to satisfy your curiosity and desire to learn about mental health? We have just the platform for you. Future Learn is an online learning platform that uses interactive tools, videos, articles, audio, and even practical activities to help the learner grasp the concepts clearly and gain research-backed knowledge for current and future needs, both academically and professionally.

Future Learn has a wide variety of courses covering many subjects such as Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Healthcare & Medicine, Psychology, Language, Law, Literature, Politics & Society, Teaching, Science, Engineering, Mathematics and many more. They have multiple course structures to choose from, such as short courses, ExpertTracks, Micro-credentials & Programs and even Online Degrees.

Future Learn’s online course; Understanding Autism is one of their most popular and also well-appreciated courses in the field of Psychology & Mental Health.

Understanding Autism | Course Outline

Developed by University of Kent, Understanding Autism is a CPD accredited online program; spanning over a period of 4 weeks; including weekly studies of a minimum of 3 hours.

The course covers the following topics in great depth:

  • What is Autism
  • Social Communication Skills
  • Sensory sensitivities and Repetitive Behaviors
  • Co-Occurring Conditions
  • Strengths and difficulties of people on the Autism Spectrum
  • Lived experiences of people on the Autism Spectrum

Want to sign up for the course or know more about their offerings? Click here.

Course requirements : The course; Understanding Autism is open for all age groups and professionals from all backgrounds. However, it would be greatly beneficial for mental health professionals who are looking for expanding their knowledge about this spectrum and also clearing the basic concepts of this neuro-developmental disorder.

Do check out the course and let us know in the comments below what your experience was like.

Happy Learning 🙂

Want to know more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and multiple resources that are available on MHT India? Click here.


1. Future Learn - Understanding Autism
2. Autism Centre of Learning - Why is Autism called Autism Spectrum Disorder?
3. Success Coaching - The Importance of Continuing Professional Development With Accredited Programs
4. Parents - The History of Autism

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