An introduction to what ASD is to help ALL students better understand the condition to promote inclusivity and help them understand that ASD a condition that can (and should be) easily supported by everyone. I've used Sesame Street and Big Bang Theory to help students understand how ASD presents differently in different people. There are references at the end if people want to conduct further references with UK based research. This should be done over two tutor periods to allow for ample time for discussion and expansion of activities included.
This is a powerpoint to be used as a presentation ideally in order to aid mainstream staff better work with any autistic pupils. Please make use of the notes sections as they elaborate in more detail. I’ve based the information on here on research undertaken for a book, currently being typed, working with pupils with ASD and my own experience as a teacher who has ASD. Feedback would be appreciated, as would any questions if you have them.
If you work in a mainstream or special needs school, you will inevitably come across instances of bullying from time to time. While most schools have a clear policy for dealing with bullying, it may not always take account of the needs of pupils with with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), who are among the pupils at greatest risk of being bullied.
The resource is designed for young people, aged 12+, who have social and communication related difficulties. It may benefit those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder but will also suit a range of learners who find social interaction, relationships, communication and independence more difficult. The workbook is packed full with 50 pages of activities that are designed to be used in the classroom or at home. This workbook can be used as an intervention programme for social skills for learners. It’s important for the teacher or adult working with the learner to check each activity for suitability for their individual student.
The topics covered include: Knowing Yourself, Relationships, Emotions, Independence and Social Scenarios.
The booklet is in read-only PDF format.
It can be used with compatible text-to-speech software and coloured backgrounds have been used on most pages so that the booklet is dyslexia-friendly.
This resource contains an editable, 120 slide PowerPoint presentation on autism and Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) and Autism Awareness Week. I had the privilege of teaching and working with many amazing young people on the autistic spectrum for twenty years. People with autism are often misunderstood. Hopefully, this presentation will help others to be more informed about, and more understanding of, autism.
The presentation includes sections on:
What is autism
Social Communication Difficulties
Social Interaction Difficulties
Rigid Thought Processes
Repetitions and Rituals
Gifts and Talents
Famous people with Autism / Asperger's
The PowerPoint contains hyperlinks to:
1. A video which shows what it is like to experience sensory overload.
2. A short video on autism.
3. A short video about Schools’ Awareness Week by the National Autistic Society.
4. A video produced by a young person with autism who talks about five things he thinks it is important that people know about autism and five ways you can help him.
A simple text version of this presentation, more appropriate for younger pupils / older SEN students, is also available:
Simple Text Autism Awareness Presentation
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Autism Awareness Activity Pack
Set of 25 Autism Awareness Posters
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Transition Booklet for KS1/ KS2 - end of year, new class, social story.
Pages 1 - 6 Booklet Cover page (Year 1 - 6)
Page 7 About Me page (name, age, space for a photo, likes/dislikes)
Page 8 Introduction to transition
Page 9 New teacher’s name and space for a photo/ drawing
Page 10 A note from new teacher (to be completed by the teacher)
Pages 11 - 13 Introducing the staff (space for photos and notes to be completed by the Year Group staff)
Page 14 For photos/ drawings of a new classroom
Page 15 New Classroom scavenger hunt activity
Pages 16 - 18 For photos/ drawings of the areas in the new year group (playground, toilets, lunch trolley, etc.)
Page 19 Things that will stay the same in the new year group (to be completed with the pupil)
Page 20 Things that will be different in the new year group (to be completed with the pupil)
Page 21 Blank page
Page 22 Closing page
Page 23 Credits page
For most pupils, transition to a new Year group is an exciting time. For some, however, it can be worrying and unsettling. This booklet is created to be used in KS1 and KS2. Teachers and teaching assistants work on completing the booklet together with their pupils, once completed - the book can be used as a Transition Social Story.
The document is in .pdf format and not editable. 23 pages included.
A little pocket guide for finding your way around Attention Autism for beginners.
Attention Autism is an intervention created by Gina Davies with the idea to support children on the Autistic spectrum focus and maintain attention. This is a little pocket guide I originally created for a friend of mine with information that I found online and collated together. It has some of the aims and rules of Attention Autism and also some great ideas for Stage 2 and 3. A handy guide to have.
Originally this guide was printed A5, laminated and bound with a key ring.
Task plan designed for SEN and students with autism.
Split up the lesson tasks so students can track their own progress and see more clearly what is expected of them.
Works very well to keep information clear to student. Works partcularly well with ASC students in allowing them to process information more easily.
Colourful semantics to go with 23 CVC words.
I split these into 4 words per week (one week, has 3 words) and we work on spelling these words and using them in sentences, but this can be easily adapted if you wanted to use more words per week.
I have included colourful semantics boards, from the basic Who, What doing, What, to more complex Who, What doing, What, Where, Why. I have laminated these for my class and differentiate so some of the students complete only the 3 word sentences and some complete the 4 or 5 word sentences, but using the same pictures.
I have included 3 pictures of examples of students using the boards and words (I hav blanked out student names)
4 baseboards and 16 cards (best laminated to make the resource last longer). Baseboards each showing 4 items. Pupils use the accompanying cards to identify which items go together (e.g. head goes with cap). Boards and cards are colour coded to ensure that the sets don’t get mixed up.
I used these as workstation tasks / morning jobs but they could also be printed and used as worksheets.
Designed for children with autism / social communication difficulties to develop reasoning / logical thinking and for the child to begin to make connections. Can be extended by asking the child / young person to explain their reasoning.
This resource is in a smartboard format and focuses on:
-the spectrum of autism
-What is autism?
-How does it feel to be a child of autism? (video)
-Strategies to use in school including PECS
This intervention was originally planned and written for a group of eight girls on the ASD spectrum, ranging from year 7 to year 11. I realised that quite often girls with ASD do not get the time or recognition in comparison to boys and so was excited to put together a program to both support and empower them. The sessions run over 10 weeks with the focus being on emotional regulation, expected behaviours, understanding ASD and building confidence. This document includes a scale assessment to complete before and after each session in order to measure progress.
I hope you find this useful and we are able to empower and support for girls with ASD.
Lesson 4 - Understanding the Autistic spectrum with 3 forms of Autism
Students to understand the symptoms of each form of Autism (Asperger's, Classic Autism & PDD), watch short video clips of examples of case studies with each type of Autism, given case studies to diagnose themselves and explain their diagnosis
Used in my GCSE Health and Social Care classes (lasted 2 hours) - could be used for older year groups or whole school to teach about Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Problem Scale activity. Designed for children who struggle with resilience or to differentiate a big problem from a tiny problem. Accompanying cards give problem suggestions for discussion of where each problem would fit on the problem scale - is the problem a huge one or a tiny one.
This activity is suitable for 1 to 1 or small group work. It could be extended by use of the feelings poster to encourage learners to think about how each problem would make them feel. Theory of Mind skills can also be promoted through discussion if a problem is viewed differently by learners.
Resources used with a mixed age group of children with autism when reading the Rainbow Fish during our seaside topic.
Sheet to generate describing words before writing about the Rainbow Fish, a wordsearch, 'feelings' activity for children who struggle to imagine how a character may feel, grammar activity (identify if a sentence needs a question mark or full stop). As there is a starfish in the book, we also learnt about starfish, using a symbol supported fact sheet to answer reading comprehension questions (differentiated).
Unit 29 is an optional unit for the full level 3 diploma on the BTEC Early Years Educator - 2nd year. It is a fantastic unit and from my experience last year the students thoroughly enjoyed it and the next second years are really looking forward to it.
BTEC provided very limited resources for this unit; there was no example scheme of work and a very brief assignment brief. There is also no chapter within the official text book for support, although you can make links with unit 19 (working with children with additional needs).
I have written my own, extensive scheme of work and assignment brief broken down into three tasks, meeting all the learning outcomes. The unit covers all three types of ASD looking at symptoms and diagnosis. It also covers current research into ASD, exploring the potential causes and theories. The last section covers ways practitioners and teachers can support children with ASD and their learning.
Learning objectives have been writing for every session with activity ideas and assessment.
This SOW could definitely be used on any childcare course / health and social or any other course looking at Autism.
It is a fantastic unit for any trainee teachers or practitioners preparing to support children with autism.