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Besides it holds that when the number of enrolments after three weeks is much lower than standard, the minor will possibly be withdrawn. So if you’re interested enrol immediately.

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Please note: For HAN students it holds that in case they fail to get in because of quota or the first choice is cancelled AFTER the decision-making period (which takes about 3 weeks), they can re-enrol. But only for the then still available minors that have free places.

Even then it holds: as soon as a minor is full, it is closed, full = full.


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Would you like to coach normally intelligent people with an ASD? Then opt for the minor Autism Life Coaching of the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen.

Autism is a lifelong disorder that in each stage of life and in each area of life finds expression in different ways. Therefore the view of Autism life coaching has been developed. The core of the view is: let your weighing of the pros and cons in the treatment and coaching especially be led by placing autism within the scope of the course of life.

Life coaching involves you as a coach proactively offering support with approaching changes in the living conditions. That way you can prevent escalation of (behaviour) problems and promote social participation.

The professional field is in great need of expertise in this field. By the following of this minor you train yourself for the supporting, coaching and informing of the client with ASD, his/her family and /or coaches.

Going deeply into autism
In study unit (owe) 1 you go deeply into what autism is, in the opportunities and threats in the communication with people with ASD, into how you can offer structure and how you can handle repeat behaviour, preoccupations and problem behaviour with ASD clients.

Life coaching

In owe 2 you learn what life coaching involves. You develop a view of life coaching. Besides you go yourself deeply into the coaching of people with ASD from the course-of-life view, aiming at increasing the client’s self-direction. The different age and development stages are dealt with. For each phase the different areas of life that can be much affected by the effects of autism are looked at.


  • Characteristics of autism and how to handle them
  • The client’s autonomy and ability to cope
  • Approaching actively and acting proactively
  • Cooperation and attuning of care 
  • Problems with people with ASD in different stages and areas of life


Type of minor
This is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).

This minor is also a block course. The course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.

The first semester is from the end of August/early September till the end of January. Till Christmas you follow lessons, you have face to face contact met lecturers, you gain work experience and make different tests. The weeks after Christmas you are online in touch with the study programme and you work at home (in your country of origin) further on the tests. You hand in these tests digitally.

Assess yourself whether the learning objectives of this minor link up with your wishes and requirements.

Learning objectives

  • You learn how to support normally intelligent people with ASD and their family system, and to coach them from the course-of-life theory
  • You learn to offer support and coaching and give information. Important skills in this are: orientating, analysing, making contact, detecting, diagnosing, working methodically, researching and cooperating
  • You offer the support in the role of coach, parenting support, parent coach and/or trainer.
  • You learn to make in the role of researcher, developer or advisor a contribution to the professional development or practice.


  • Making contacts and in dialogue with those involved orientating and analysing.
  • In dialogue with those involved designing an intervention.
  • In dialogue with those involved performing an intervention and evaluate it
  • Permanently developing one’s own professionalism.

A minor only becomes interesting when it links up with your study programme and/or your professional profile, has the right level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?
Do you have affinity with or experience in working with people with an ASD? Do you follow a social, paramedical, nursing or educational programme? Are you equipped for the graduation phase? Did you complete your placement in the 3rd year positively and do you have demonstrable experience with the methodical coaching of people? Then this minor could be for you!


Conditions for participation

  • You follow a social, paramedical, nursing or educational HPE-study programme.
  • You study outside the Netherlands and start the graduation phase of your study programme or you study within the Netherlands and you have finished your third-year placement positively.
  • You have demonstrable experience with the methodical coaching of people
  • You are preferably and demonstrably professionally involved with people with an ASD.
  • You consider working with people with an ASD in future.
  • You have basic knowledge of development psychology, system theory, various learning theories, ASD and communication theories.
  • For students speaking no Dutch, the HAN tries to find a suitable work-experience placement. Dutch-speaking students are obliged to find a work-experience placement themselves and can then use the documents below: ‘applying for work-experience placement’. When following the minor you need for at least 16 hours a week a by the HAN approved work-experience placement within a setting of people with an ASD.


Practice placement

  • In order to follow the minor and to be able to execute the assignments it is necessary to have a work-experience placement. Preference is given to people with an ASD who are of average intelligence, but the target group of people with an ASD and a light mental challenge, is also allowed.
  • There is an extensive student manual. Besides the education is supported by our own HAN-Scholar-website

Documents for applying for work-experience placement

Assessment of this minor takes place in the following way:

  • Knowledge test (knowledge and attitude aspects in the supervision of people with ASD)
  • Presentations
  • Assignments on view and transition
  • Preparatory and assimilation assignments
  • Work-placement assignments

Reckon with the following schedule data for the minor.

  • Teaching days: Monday and Thursday
  • Besides gaining 16 hours a week work experience within a setting of people with ASD.


Teaching methods

  • Interactive tutorials
  • Visiting lectures
  • Training-courses
  • Concrete practice assignments
  • Working individually and in groups on assignments (via HAN-scholar)

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