We began the project with a content workshop with the National Autistic Society online training team and used Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping process to identify the goal of the module which allowed us to focus on the best approach for the design.
The resulting module includes numerous opportunities for learners to practice their diagnostic skills and learn practical things they can use when working with women and girls during the diagnostic process.
The other key requirement was the need to present clinicians with the moving personal experiences of women and girls. This would ensure that they understood the diversity of the different characteristics of autism, so a correct diagnosis could be made and missed diagnosis avoided. To support this, we used a range of quotes, video testimonials and case studies.
The module was initially hosted on the National Autistic Society’s online learning portal at no cost for the first year. It then became part of their resale offering.