An early years autism competency framework for people working with under five year olds on the autism spectrum.
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The framework sets out the knowledge and skills that are required for professionals in settings working with children on the autism spectrum.
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 2018 edition of the competency framework have been developed by Genium for the AET in consultation with a range of partners including the AET early years leadership group. The development team include Project manager: Martin Kerem, Core author: Ryan Bradley.
The original professional competency framework has been developed by 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 original 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,
Revised version – Bradley, R. (2018) AET Early Years autism competency framework.
London: Autism Education Trust