The Autism Toolbox: Resources for Teachers

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about Resources for teachers.

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New: Free Tools for Teachers by the autism education trust (Covid-19 Edition)

The autism education trust says these are 'Six essential tools for teachers supporting autistic children and young people through homeschooling and return to school'. Additional resources can also be found on the autism education trust's COVID-19 Information Centre.


In this section (Jump to)

Setting up your classroom

Supporting your students and facilitating learning

Transition Planning

Teaching Social Skills

Anxiety at School

Understanding Autism

The Asperger's and ADHD overlap

Nurse-Led ADHD clinics and school nurses

Supporting African and BME Families

Books and Resources


Setting up your classroom

10 Strategies to set up your classroom for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Video

Autism Voices - Sensory Challenges in School | Video

Sensory Audits of Schools by The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC)

The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC) provide sensory audits of schools and other environments in order to further understand how to adapt the environment to help reduce anxieties. AuTC work closely with occupational therapists and others trained in managing sensory modulation to create a conducive environment.


Supporting your students and facilitating learning

Dos and Don'ts When Supporting Young People with Autism in Mainstream Schools – an illustrated guide

In this pamphlet, Gareth D Morewood considers key dos and don’ts for SENCos planning support for students with ASC to help provide the foundation for a strong, inclusive supportive programme.

View this illustrated guide


Resources by The Autism Education Trust (AET)

The Autism Education Trust has a number of resources, which are freely downloadable from their website and via the training courses. The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism.

View Resources by The Autism Education Trust


Essentials for Educators | Video

Presented by Utah parents, teachers, professionals in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), this video explains underlying differences in individuals with ASD and suggest strategies for increasing their success in the school setting.

Engaging Disengaged Students | Video

How teachers can support children with autism | Video


Transition Planning

Tips on transition planning on a year to year basis for children with Autism and Asperger's | 2 Part Video


Teaching Social Skills 

Sue Larkey advice teaching social skills | Video

Teacher of autistic children Sue Larkey, talks about helping children with Autism or Asperger's develop their social skills.


Anxiety in School

A look at anxiety in schools for children by autism | Video

Video by parenting website Babble following a girl called Tess and how teachers help her anxiety.


Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism Characteristics: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers | Video

The first of four segments ("Characteristics") in Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary Teachers by the Organisation for Autism Research.

Understanding The Behaviour of an Asperger's Student | Video

Asperger's/High-functioning Autistic students can present a challenge for the most experienced teacher. These kids can also contribute a lot to the classroom because they can be extremely creative and see things from a unique perspective. This video follows the story of a student named Michael.

The Asperger's-ADHD Overlap | Video

A description of the similarities and differences between Asperger's and ADHD.


Nurse-Led ADHD clinics and school nurses

The ADHD Foundation have produced this detailed ADHD guide for Nurse-Led ADHD clinics and school nurses. The guide covers:

  • what ADHS is
  • the role of the specialist and school nurse in ADHD care
  • how to treat ADHD
  • and much more

Read the ADHD Foundation's guide for clinics and school nurses


Supporting African and BME Families 

Involving African families in the education of their autistic children.

This article by the National Autistic Society (NAS) is by a Special Educational Needs Advisor for Autism PIN and explores how to support African and BME (Black and Minority Ethic) families with autistic children in the education system, highlighting a need to be aware of cultural differences, working in partnership and the importance of play.


Books and Resources

Martian in the Playground (Book)

Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome.

Asperger’s…What Does It Mean To Me? (Book)

Each chapter is divided in two parts: the first part - the Workbook - is for the child to complete, by writing or highlighting "What is True for Me" in lists of simple statements. The second part - "For Parents and Teachers" - contains helpful tips/information for the adult who guides him through the exercises.

A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's

The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him/her more self-aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of his/her life: friendships, fears, abilities, and much more. This new edition to a favourite resource includes expanded chapters, plus a new chapter on happiness.

Autism Education Trust

A range of resources and training materials for teachers and settings.

PDA Society - Education Resources

Resources including Teacher's Guide, Training and Conferences, Educational and Handling Guidelines and Case Studies.

Engage Education

Welcome to the Reading Corner, the Reading Corner is Engage’s thinking space - full of teaching insights and advice!

Looking for training? Take a look at the training section of this Autism Toolbox for more resources, local courses and programmes.