A Quick Guide to Autism
The compiled articles in this Quick Guide include basic information and resources that parents and teachers can use to help their autistic child or student succeed at school.
Change Card Visual Support
Autistic children thrive on routine. Sudden changes can be very upsetting for them. You can use the Change Card to prepare a child or student for a change in plans ahead of time.
STAR Card Visual Support
In case of a sudden schedule change, showing the STAR card and placing a star in a visual daily schedule, along with an explanation of what will happen instead, can help alert a child or student to the unexpected and avert a meltdown.
Surprise Card Visual Support
Sudden loud sounds and noises can startle an autistic child. Using the Surprise Card regularly when loud surprises are not happening can help prepare and condition a child for unexpected loud sounds and help them manage.
Behavior is communication. Use this worksheet to log what happens before, during, and after a certain behavior to determine the “why” and find a more suitable replacement behavior.
I Can Learn from Losing
For children who have a hard time with winning and losing, reading and reviewing this social narrative may help.
Game Rule Card
Before playing board- or other games, reviewing the Game Rule Card can help autistic children react positively to winning or losing.
Behavior Support Cards
Most autistic children are visual learners. These visual support cards cover just a few of the things children on the spectrum may struggle with. Reading and reviewing them can help.
The start of summer vacation is a big change for any child, but for an autistic child, the variation from their daily routine can be especially upsetting. This summer checklist can help parents and caregivers prepare and plan ahead.