Social Stories present information about coronavirus visually and so are easier to process for autistic children and young people.Choose the Social Story best suited to the child or young person you are working with, you may need to edit it so it is personalised to them.

The symbols provided can be used to create a home Visual Timetable to provide some structure to your child or young person's day.

It may be valuable to use a Talking Mat; a visual scaffold designed to enable children and young people to express their views and concerns.

Try using Worry Plans to address specific worries the child or young person might have. Work together to list personalised strategies to address the worry, record them on the plan and keep it to refer to again.

Social Stories present information about coronavirus visually and so are easier to process for autistic children and young people. Choose the Social Story best suited to the child or young person you are working with, you may need to edit it so it is personalised to them.

  • Simple Coronavirus Social Story here
  • Worrying about Coronavirus Social Story here
  • Coronavirus Social Story by Carol Gray here
  • Coronavirus Social Story by Siobhan Timmins here
  • A guide to understanding the Coronavirus using photo-symbols here
  • School is Closed Social Story with symbols by R Law here
  • Simple Covid19 Social Story with symbols by R Law here
  • What is Social Distancing? by LGFL here
  • Why do I have to stay at home? Social Story with symbols here
  • Going to hospital Social Story with symbols by Sheffield NHS Trust here

The symbols provided can be used to create a home Visual Timetable to provide some structure to your child or young person's day.

  • Clean hands - protecting against infection - step by step visual here
  • Hand washing symbols here
  • Symbols for families to use at home here
  • Things I can do at home - structuring the day and keeping busy for Early Years and Key Stage 1 here
  • Example symbol calendar here
  • Feelings communication board here

It may be valuable to use a Talking Mat; a visual scaffold designed to enable children and young people to express their views and concerns.

  • How to use a Talking Mat here
  • Talking Mat - Attending school whilst others are self-isolating here
  • Talking Mat - Social distancing and self-isolating here

Try using Worry Plans to address specific worries the child or young person might have. Work together to list personalised strategies to address the worry, record them on the plan and keep it to refer to again.

  • Worry Plan here
  • Worrying about Coronavirus Social Story here
  • Question and answer session with Dr Tony Attwood on Coronavirus, autism and anxiety, link here

Guidance for staff supporting autistic pupils attending secondary and post 16 settings during the Coronavirus outbreak here

Ideas for parents home educating their early years children with autism during the Coronavirus outbreak here

Ideas for parents home educating their school aged children and young people with autism during the Coronavirus outbreak here

Ideas for parents home educating their Post 16 young people with autism during the Coronavirus outbreak here

Information and Ideas for sensory circuits in the home here

Steps for Success here

Useful Teaching and Activity Resources National Autistic Society Accreditation Team here

Example home learning activities for Early Years here

Home learning passport here

NHS advice on Coronavirus translated into 35 different languages here 

Post 16 Staying from home plan with completed example here

Post 16 Weekly planner here

(To provide personalised information about your child or young persons needs, should they need to be admitted to hospital)

  • Hospital Passport here

Useful websites and organisations: