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.

  • What is Lockdown and Social Distancing? Social Story - no symbols here
  • Simple Coronavirus Social Story here
  • Worrying about Coronavirus Social Story here
  • Reading About Coronavirus Online; a Social Story for able students 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 for able students, including some support strategies 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
  • How long do I wash my hands for? visual support here
  • Washing my hands, step by step visual guide 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

A range of resources designed to aid children and young people's transition back to school after lockdown.

  • Top tips for supporting autistic children returning to education after lockdown - early years/ lower primary here
  • Top tips for supporting autistic young people returning to education after lockdown - upper primary/ secondary/ college here 
  • Primary - supporting transition after lockdown and into secondary - guidance document with embedded resources here
  • Returning to school after lockdown; a transition book for early years and Key Stage 1 here
  • Returning to school after lockdown; a transition guide for secondary and college students here
  • Going back to school after lockdown Social Story - primary with symbols here 
  • Going back to school after lockdown Social Story - lower primary with symbols here
  • Re-integration back to school after lockdown Talking Mat here
  • How to use a Talking Mat here
  • Transition booklet Primary to Secondary following lockdown here
  • Lockdown journal here
  • Social distancing at school - Social Story with symbols here
  • What is a School Bubble? Social Story (PPT version) here
  • What is a School Bubble? Social Story (Word version) here
  • Cue cards for social distancing rules 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

A guide to talking to children about Coronavirus by Dawn Huebner, PhD (suitable for use with cogitively able children and young people) here

Dr Ranj (CBBC) explains about Coronavirus here

Easy read government guidance on 'Looking after your feelings and your body during Coronavirus' here

Supporting children and adults with severe learning disabilities at home during the Coronavirus pandemic - a document by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation here

Maintaining wellbeing during Coronavirus; a guide by the National Autistic Society here

Relaxation techniques for autistic people; compiled by the National Autistic Society 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

Autism sport and physical activity; guidance from the National Autistic Society 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: