Free statement of participation on completion of these courses.
Earn a free Open University digital badge if you complete this course, to display and share your achievement.
Create your free OpenLearn profile
Get the most out of OpenLearn
Anyone can learn for free on OpenLearn, but signing-up will give you access to your personal learning profile and record of achievements that you earn while you study.
Anyone can learn for free on OpenLearn but creating an account lets you set up a personal learning profile which tracks your course progress and gives you access to Statements of Participation and digital badges you earn along the way. Sign-up now!
Some children incessantly twirl their fingers or flap their hands. Such movements are often known as stimming, because they may play a role in changing sensory stimulation. For instance, moving the hand up and down in front of the face may cause a pleasing change in the pattern of light reaching the eyes. Children may also develop intense preoccupations and obsessions with specific objects or textures, such as running their hand up and down a velvet curtain. They may line up their toys in a repetitive or obsessive way, or insist on wearing the same clothes or eating the same food every day. They may become anxious and distressed if a familiar routine, such as going to school by bus, is disrupted.
Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University.
The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now.
Take a look at all Open University courses.
If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level
Access courses and Certificates.