Best practice tips for autism

Best practice tips are strategies that have been evaluated in other settings, target a relevant factor (such as a teaching style that lowers student anxiety), or is considered best practice by experts in the field.

Provide a clear schedule and routine

Visual cues or schedules can help students understand what is coming up and when they should complete a transition from one activity or class to another.

Help students with organisational skills

Explicitly teach organisational skills. See our school story - how to be organised to help students learn new routines and habits for high school.

Give effective feedback

Immediate positive feedback and correction when students are learning a task or behaviour can be helpful. This can be reduced gradually as they build their capability.

Express positive regard and support

Emotional support and encouragement help a student on the autism spectrum achieve better results. Help a student know that they are valued and supported.

Provide a safe space

Consider providing a quiet area that a student on the autism spectrum can go to if they are feeling overwhelmed.

Ask how to help

Talk to parents or carers to find out the best way to work with and support the student. Parents or carers can help you understand a student’s unique strengths and areas they need more help with. 
You could ask parents or carers to complete the strengths and abilities communication checklist to find out more information about the student.