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Brechtje van Gent

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Would you like to coach normally intelligent people with autism? Then opt for the minor Autism Through the Lifespan of the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen.

Autism finds expression in different ways in each stage and area of life. 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 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 people with autism, 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 autism, into how you can offer structure and how you can handle repeat behaviour, preoccupations and signalling behaviour with people with autism.

Life coaching
In owe 2 you learn what life coaching involves. You develop a view of life coaching. Besides you work on a plan within 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 person’s autonomy and ability to cope
  • Approaching actively and acting proactively
  • Cooperation and attuning of care 
  • Problems with people with autism 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 offered annually during semester 1 (August-January)

Semester 1 is from September till the end of January. Till the Christmas holidays you follow lessons, you have face to face contact with lecturers, you work on assignments and optional you gain work experience. The weeks after the Christmas holidays you are online in touch with the study programme and you work at home (in your country of origin) further on the assignments. You hand in these assignments 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 autism 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: making contact, analysing, detecting, diagnosing, working methodically, researching and cooperating.
  • You learn to offer the support in the role of coach, parent coach and/or trainer.
  • You learn to make a contribution to the professional development or practice in the role of researcher, developer or advisor.


  • Making contact and analysing
  • Setting goals and designing an intervention
  • Performing and evaluating an intervention
  • Cooperating with clients and colleagues
  • Developing 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 ASD? Do you follow a social, paramedical, nursing or educational programme? Are you equipped for the graduation phase? Then this minor could be for you!

Conditions for participation

  • Are you studying social work, allied health, nursing, education or a related subject?
  • Are you interested in or have experience working with people with autism?
  • Have you finished the second year of your studies?
  • Have you successfully completed a work placement?
  • Are your English language skills at a B1 level or higher?


Assessment of this minor takes place in the following way:

  • Knowledge test (knowledge and attitude aspects in the supervision of people with autism)
  • Group presentations
  • Assignments on view, support, structure, communication

Lessons are on Monday and Thursday. Students that don't do a work-placement work on an assignment on Wednesday.

Teaching methods

  • Interactive tutorials
  • Visiting lectures
  • Training-courses
  • Concrete practice assignments
  • Working individually and in groups on assignments
  • Work-placement for Dutch-speaking students

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