Understanding the diversity of your students — and finding ways to support their unique needs — is the foundation for building a positive learning environment where all students can thrive. While there’s no one-size-fits all approach for teaching any individual student or group of students, finding a wide variety of classroom resources to support autistic students can help you better accommodate neurodiverse students and ultimately build more inclusive classrooms. Here are activities you can use as a starting point to support autistic students in your class.
8 Classroom Resources for Autistic Students in Elementary School
Check out these teaching resources and activities, which can be used by educators and caregivers in the classroom or at home.
Reading Community Schedules Worksheets Distance Learning by Adulting Made Easy aka SpedAdulting
Not Grade Specific | Life Skills, Basic Reading
A Social Story for Social Skills and Behavior by Noodle Nook
Not Grade Specific | Life Skills, Character Education
Preschool Math Worksheets (0-20) Adapted for Autism, Special Education by Educarebrusa
Grades: PreK-Kindergarten | Math
Donut Emotions Matching File Folder Game by Limars Stars
Grades: PreK-Kindergarten | Social Emotional Learning
Same and Different Shapes MEGA BUNDLE 7 Sets | Distance Learning by Primarily Learning
Grades: PreK-1st | Math, EFL – ESL – ELD
Writing Sentences for Students with Autism by Totally Autism
Grades: Kindergarten-3rd | English Language Arts, Writing
Distance Learning Social Skills for Autism: Shape Up Your Friendships! by Katrina Bevan
Grades: 1st-3rd | Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Conversation Skills Story | Conversation Skills for Autism by The Gift of Gab
Grades: 4th-8th | Speech Therapy
3 Classroom Resources for Autistic Students in Middle & High School
If you’re looking for ways to support autistic students in middle and high school, check out these resources, which focus on executive function and practical life skills.
Executive Functioning Lessons – Distance Learning and Google Classroom by Pathway 2 Success
Grades: 5th-8th | Life Skills
Grocery Store Life Skills Worksheets – Special Education and Autism Resource by Adapting for Autism
Grades: 6th-12th | Study Skills
Next Dollar Up Worksheets: Distance Learning Compatible by Autism Classroom Resources – Christine Reeve
Grades: 7th-10th | Math, Life Skills
For more ideas on how to support autistic students in the classroom, check out this blog post.
This blog, originally published in 2020, has been updated for 2023