Fact sheets

Below you can find information on a range of topics that we've researched for you.

  • Young Asian girl doing a puzzle with the help of a teacher

    Fact Sheet - Welcome to teaching

    You're going to be a teacher. It's been your dream since you were very young. You've spent years at uni studying, you've done your practicum and everyone believes you will make a great teacher. You have an excellent rapport with young people and a...

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    Fact Sheet - DSM-5

    DSM-5 and autism - extended version A diagnosis of autism is made based on the behaviours that doctors or psychologists can see and those that parents tell them about. There isn’t a blood test or other way of knowing that someone has autism....

  • School age boy pointing towards his mouth

    Fact Sheet - Echolalia

    Echolalia - extended version Echolalia is the repetition of the speech of others. It is a feature of autism spectrum disorder for many children. It is now recognised as a diagnostic feature in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – 5th edition...

  • Young girl happily sticking her head out of a car window

    Fact Sheet - Girls on the autism spectrum

    Girls on the autism spectrum - extended version What is the issue? Far more boys than girls are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but the reasons for this are unclear. This fact sheet aims to: provide some information about...

  • School age girl playing on tablet with mother

    Fact Sheet - iPads & other tablet devices

    iPads and other tablet devices - extended version This fact sheet will help answer some of the questions that teachers and parents have about using iPads and other tablet devices at school and home. Many children use iPads or tablets. They are...

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    Fact Sheet - Grief & stress

    Grief and stress - extended version This fact sheet aims to explain the different reactions and emotions that parents experience when their child is diagnosed with autism. Reactions to diagnosis All parents react differently when their...

  • Therapist assists school boy with activity while parents watch on

    Fact Sheet - Social stories

    Social stories - extended version Social Stories™, comic strip conversations and social scripts are ways of helping children and adults with their social interactions. A Social Story™ is a short story that uses special guidelines to...

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    Fact Sheet - Executive functioning

    Executive functioning - extended version What is executive functioning? Executive functions are skills that are used for: • planning and doing tasks, • organising , • regulating behaviour, • working memory, • ...

  • Young boy curled in a ball in the corner

    Fact Sheet - Autism & anxiety

    Autism and anxiety - extended version What is anxiety? Anxiety is a normal response to things that threaten us. Sometimes these are real threats and sometimes they will be things that we think are threats but might not really be a problem. It...