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As students across Australia return to school this term in varying ways, we need to consider the best ways to support this transition back to school after a period of such immense change.

We have curated a list of resources below that are structured based on the recommendations made by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in their research package titled 'Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times, by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill'.

Support Understanding

Coronavirus: A Book for Children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Alex Scheffler

My Story about Pandemics and the Coronavirus, by Carol Grey

COVID-19: I Can Help, by Carol Grey

Returning to School and other social stories and resources, by Autism Spectrum Australia

Visual Supports, Tip Sheets and Social Stories, by Autism WA

Family Guide for talking about COVID-19, by the Raising Children Network

Tips for Returning to School, by Amaze

I Am Going Back To School social story, by Association for Children with Disability

Our Australian Government Department of Health has launched a dedicated helpline for people with disability who are concerned or have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). People with disability, their families and carers can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787.


Offer Opportunities for Expression

Aided language display, by Autism WA

Key Word Signs relevant to Coronavirus, by Australian Aphasia Association

Communication resources to support young people to express themselves, by PrAACtical AAC

Further communication resources, by Scope Australia

Easy English resources about COVID-19, by Access Easy English

Aided language Chat Board, by Australian Special Education Principals Association

Supporting Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak, by Emerging Minds


Prioritise Coping and Calming Skills

Guided Meditation, by Smiling Mind

Relaxation Strategies, by Headspace

Calming Routine visual, by the University of North Carolina

Guided yoga themed around student interests, by Cosmic Kids

Dance, mindfulness and physical activity, by Go Noodle

Further physical activity inspiration, by Kiddo


Maintain Routines and Develop New Routines

Visual Schedules, by National Autistic Society

Washing Hands visual, by Autism WA

Weekly Schedule visual, by Autism WA

Evidence Based Strategies, by InclusionEd

Choiceworks app, by BeeVisual

Timer app, free during Covid-19

Article on returning to school, by Teacher Magazine

Using a Social Strip to Explain a New Situation, by Amaze

Handwashing Skills, by All Play Learn

Calm app

Stop, Breathe and Think app


Foster Connections

Strategies for fostering peer relationships for young people on the autism spectrum, by All Play Learn

Playground Strategies tip sheet, by Amaze

Resources for girls to support peer relationships, by Yellow Ladybugs


Be Aware of Changing Behaviours

Tip sheet for coping with Coronavirus anxiety, by the Australian Psychological Society

Resources and online chat available (may be suitable for teenagers), by Headspace

Coping with study stress due to Covid-19, by Reach Out

Tips for managing stress, by Autism Spectrum Australia

Child Wellbeing, by All Play Learn


Home School communication

Working Together Planning Tool, by Positive Partnerships

Partnership Planning Template, by Positive Partnerships

Transitions and Planning for change, by Positive Partnerships

Transition Plan, by Positive Partnerships

Meetings Toolkit, by NCCD

Checklist: Supporting Your Autistic Child's Return to School, by Amaze

Student Support Groups and Reasonable Adjustments during COVID-19, Association for Children with Disability

8 Ways to Prepare Your Autistic Child for Going Back to School, by Amaze

Planning for Successful Transition to On-Site Learning, by All Play Learn

Conversation Flow Chart, by Positive Partnerships