Tools for teachers

Tools for Teachers is a practical resource designed to support teachers to work effectively with pupils on the autism spectrum.


It identifies a range of practical tools and resources designed to support classroom success. Tools for Teachers is presented as a series of online resources that you can purchase .


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This resource  is designed to be used online. Each tool is supported by online content which describes the tool, identifies when you would use it and provides guidance for using it. Where possible and appropriate, there are examples from practice and downloadable templates which practitioners can adapt and use in their context.

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You can use additional visual strategies, find out more here.

All approaches should be aimed at promoting independence

Although not all pupils on the autism spectrum can learn to be independent in every aspect of their daily life, the learning programme should facilitate choice and control and enable pupils to be as independent as possible.

This is the difference between ‘doing to’ and/or doing for, as opposed to ‘doing with’ with the ultimate aim of enabling the pupil to ‘do it for themselves’.




All pupils with autism are different. Not all the strategies will work for all pupils, and every strategy must be adapted to meet the needs, skills and interests of the individual.

It is hoped however that the information contained in this resource will enable practitioners to create personalised strategies and resources which will support the pupils they work with to achieve and thrive in their setting.



We have worked closely with a number of schools and practitioners who have kindly agreed to share their tried and tested resources to create these tools. In particular our thanks go to (in alphabetical order):

Freemantles School. Special thanks to Sue Stephens.
Green Wrythe Primary School. Special thanks to the whole team at Rainbow.
Hamsey Green Infant. Special thanks to Chris McClelland, Helen Smith, Nikki Mace and Tracy Pickering.
Helen Allison School. Special thanks to Jacqui Ashton Smith, Pauline Roland, Frances Edmonds and Joanne Neill.
Mossbourne Community Academy. Special thanks to Sir Michael Wilshaw and Christine Evans.
Paddock School. Special thanks to Peggy Walpole and Debbie Richards.
Radlett Lodge School. Special thanks to Lynda Perry, Jo Galloway, Michelle Mobey, Jody Brown and Siobhan Reid.
St Michael’s C.E. Primary School. Special thanks to Ann Marie Grant, Rita Ward and Pippa Johnson.
Swiss Cottage School. Special thanks to Sandra Garrett.
The Puzzle Centre Special thanks to Alex Stanyer and Lesley-Ann Martin.
The Education Support Service at The National Autistic Society. Extra special thanks go to Alice Stobart.
Originally compiled by Victoria Erbes.
Birmingham Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
Brookvale High School
Endeavour School
Leicester Autism Outreach team
Topcliffe Primary School

The AET Tools for teachers have been developed and designed by Genium and re-compiled by Alison O’Brien



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