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Sensory Awareness and Regulation

A one day online training.​
Module 3 in the BPS Approved Cert/Dip in Autism and Mental Health

Autism and Mental Health

Sensory Awareness and Regulation.

Are you a practitioner supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions?

This sensory awareness and regulation one-day online training course introduces you to the “Sensory System” the link between sensory regulation and mental health & “tools for sensory regulation.” Essential knowledge and skills when supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions.
You can take this course as a stand-alone module or as Module 3 in the BPS Approved Certificate and Diploma in Autism and Mental Health.  All course materials are available online via a learning management platform so you can complete at your own pace and time.  

What will I learn on this course?

  • How the sensory system works.
  • The role of sensory integration in supporting sensory modulation.
  • How sensory over and under stimulation may impact on an autistic person’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • How to spot the signs of sensory preferences
  • How to spot the signs of sensory hyper and hypo-sensitivities as part of an initial screening/assessment.
  • Ability to use the sensory spotting the signs tool to increase the client’s awareness of sensory experiences and their possible support needs.
  • Ability to use Dan Siegel’s hand model of the brain to demonstrate how sensory dysregulation leads to increased stress and the fight/flight response.
  • How to use the Sensory Ladder as a tool for describing different sensory & emotional states.
  • How to spot the signs of autistic burnout, meltdown, and shutdown as part of sensory over stimulation.
  • Ability to use the autistic person’s hierarchy of needs as a psychoeducation tool and model for framing an autistic person’s sensory support needs.
  • The importance of proprioceptive supports in supporting daily sensory regulation.
  • How to use the Sensory Resources Pack as a tool for increasing self-awareness (psychoeducation) and access to sensory supports.
  • Ability to use 20 proprioceptive tools for improved sensory regulation.
  • Increase practitioners, access to tools, approaches and strategies that support sensory and emotional regulation.
  • Reviewed the literature and best practice approaches for sensory and emotional regulation.

 What are the benefits of completing this training?

  • Understanding of Autism and Mental Health (using an inside out & neuro-affirmative approach)
  • Work towards the BPS Approved Certification in Autism and Mental Health.
  • Ability to adjust practice.
  • Specific core skills for supporting Autistic people who experience co-occurring mental health conditions.
  • Access to supportive resources, skills, and approaches.
  • Increased awareness around your own practice.
  • Application of learning into practice.

 What else will I take away from this training?

  • PDF Course Handouts.
  • 8 weeks access to 7 Tutor led videos.
  • Course Guide
  • 6 Course workbooks.
  • Certificate of Completion for this course.
  • 3 Downloadable Articles.
  • 2 Spotting the Signs Tools/Skills Based Resource Packs.
  • 13 Downloadable Worksheets.
  • Psychoeducation Tools.
  • 3 Downloadable Reflective Practice Worksheets.
  • Further reading/reference list.
  • Access to supplementary learning materials

Start this course online today​

  • Investment

    £144 (inclusive of VAT and all course materials)

    For multiple bookings or for employer invoicing please call 07545 190915." Discounts available for multiple bookings.


The STIMS and SPINS resource packs have been
great, putting a strength – based approach at
the centre of our client work has been
incredibly validating for autistic people. Thank
you for this very informative course.