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early years autism competency framework

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An early years autism competency framework  for people working with under five year olds on the autism spectrum.

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A professional competency framework has been developed by Genium for the Autism Education Trust (AET)  in collaboration with The Autism Centre for Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Puzzle Centre and consultants with expertise in autism.  The framework sets out the knowledge and skills that are required for professionals in settings working with children on the autism spectrum.

The development team include Project manager: Martin Kerem, Core authors: Dr Glenys Jones, Damian Milton and Ryan Bradley. Consultant authors: Dr Karen Guldberg, Andrea MacLeod, George Thomas, Pam Simpson and Alex Stanyer
Advisor: Ann Wiseman,

The framework is presented as a self-evaluation tool that practitioners can use to rate their current practice and understanding against a set of descriptors (knowledge, skills, personal qualities). Feedback should inform practitioners’ professional development plans and content of any future training.

The development of this framework has been carried out in close collaboration with the development of the AET early years autism standards as well as the AET early years programme.