ASD

There is so much information out there about SEND on the internet, and it can be difficult to know where to start and how to find the most useful and relevant information to support your child or your pupils. So here is our guide with links to a mix of general information, longer academic research papers going into more depth, and educational resources and teaching strategy ideas. 

About ASD

National Autistic society- great website with lots of helpful links to various resources. Gives a great overview of what ASD is, different forms and how it can affect an individual. (Easy Read)

NHS website gives a very clear description of ASD, how to get a diagnosis if you need one, what to do if you are newly diagnosed and some useful links and resources. (Easy Read)

Very good book that goes into more depth about ASD and lots of different studies surrounding it. Only problem is that it is outdated now and there are some more up to date readings. (Book)

Student walking in to a classroom

CDC is a very good website not just for ASD, it gives a detailed description of things to look out for if you think a student or child has ASD. It goes through some symptoms that you may not have considered if you are unfamiliar with ASD. (Medium Difficulty Read)

Autism Speaks is another informative website, it talks about similar things as CDC but is a lot more concise and easy to read. (Easy Read)

Teacher talking to students in a classroom

NAS website lists some very effective and useful ways to deliver information to an ASD student. It does not go into loads of detail but is a great stepping stone to get started. (Easy Read)

Autism speaks gives more in detail tips on teaching children with ASD. It is not very long and could go into more depth in certain areas, but it is hard to stay concise with ASD as it is so broad. (Easy – Medium Read)

This paper is based on a study in which they taught 12 ASD students with an average age of 7. This focuses more on the way in which the teacher speaks to the students and their enthusiasm towards the teachings to see if it got better results. A good insight into another way of teaching ASD that you may not have thought of. (Academic Paper, Fairly Easy Read)

More like an academic paper and gives some good links to other resources. This is an interesting writing on whether mainstream classroom and their way of teaching is good or bad for children with ASD. As well as having this debate in the writing, it also gives lots of useful tips for teaching ASD and also some mainstream classroom techniques you can use that would work for “everyone”.  (Medium Read)

This is an in depth piece of writing that goes through all of the emotional effects of ASD. Very good read if you are new to ASD and want to understand more what meltdowns can look like and what can cause them. It also tells some personal stories that are very insightful. 

The links below are for ASD friendly resources

Resources for Autism

Bristol Autism Support

TTS Group

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