Tools for Teachers - Covid 19 Edition

Download now your complimentary copy of the Autism Education Trust (AET) Tools for Teachers Covid-19 Edition, a collection of 6 teaching tools and practical resources to support autistic children and young people during the pandemic. 

These 6 tools will help you explain social rules using Social Stories, describe how Visual Timetables and Now/Next/Then cards can help with structure and transition and provide help with managing emotions. You will find tools to support sensory sensitivities and Communication Cards to help you teach communication skills.

Each tool is supported by content that describes the tool, identifies when you would use it and provides guidance for using it. You will find examples from practice and printable templates that practitioners can adapt and use in their education setting.

The 6 tools in the AET Tools for Teachers Covid-19 Edition were extracted from the AET Tools for Teachers resource, a comprehensive collection of 44 teaching tools and practical strategies enabling teachers and education professionals to effectively support autistic children and young people in education settings for ages 0 – 25. 

The AET Tools for Teachers provides the tools, knowledge and confidence to education professionals to support autistic pupils.

All the tools are evidence-based and were developed by leading autism specialists, including university researchers, teachers, autistic people and parents of autistic children.


“As a special school, our families and carers have found the last year very challenging in supporting our students at home. We have used the tools for teachers to help enhance and support our parents to gain skills and understand how to manage behaviour, access learning and regulate emotions.

As we have returned to school, the AET Tools for Teachers have been used to support our outreach schools to support transition back to school and create a foundation and recovery for our students.”

Mehal Shah, Headteacher, Henry Tyndale Special School and College, Farnborough, UK

The AET Tools for Teachers will enable education practitioners to create personalised strategies and resources that will support the pupils they work with to thrive in their setting and gain more independence.

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

The AET Tools for Teachers can be used with any autism intervention or programme. The content was commissioned by the Department for Education of Great Britain and developed by the Autism Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation leading the way in autism education in the UK.

The AET Tools for Teachers is organised 6 key sections:

  • Know the Individual
  • Teaching Social and Communication Skills
  • Teaching Social Rules Explicitly
  • Teaching Emotion Management
  • Structure and Supporting Transitions
  • Supporting Sensory Sensitivities

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