Practical knowledge

Practical knowledge, hands-on tools and techniques for staff working directly with children on the autism spectrum, including teachers, health professionals and employers. The resources in this section will help to better understand the experiences of people with autism, how to involve and enable people to participate effectiveley, and how to safeguard children and adults at risk. Use the links on the right hand side to find resources in specific topic areas.


100 ideas for supporting pupils on the autistic spectrum


This book provides those working with autistic children one hundred ideas of how to support and develop their learning.
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A practical guide for teachers of students with an autism spectrum disorder in secondary education


This guide acquaints teachers with all the information and practical tools needed to understand and support their students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Read more »

Accredited introduction to autistic spectrum condition (including Asperger’s syndrome)


This Open College course (unit code 2-GB6-039) is for anyone working with adults or children with autism during the course of their work but has had no formal training. Read more »

Adult safeguarding elearning


The adult safeguarding elearning resource produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) demonstrates how safeguarding issues can develop and ways of dealing with them. Read more »

Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. Read more »

Appreciating Asperger Syndrome: Looking at the upside – with 300 positive points

This book challenges negative perceptions of Asperger Syndrome and shows that, in the right circumstances and with the right attitude, a diagnosis of Aspergers can be viewed as a positive experience. Read more »

Ask autism online training


The Ask autism online training suite published by the National Autistic Society has been developed and delivered by people on the autism spectrum. It provides an ‘insiders’ perspective of autism to give you a unique understanding of how people on the autism spectrum would like to be understood and supported. Read more »

Asperger syndrome: insights and interventions


This online course will give you an insight into the experiences of children and young people with Asperger syndrome. Read more »

Autism and Asperger’s syndrome: information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people


This leaflet produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists gives details about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as offering practical advice about how to get help. Read more »

Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use


This guide for families, provides strategies and resources for parents of children with autism who take medications. Read more »

Autism lens: understanding the actions of pupils on the autism spectrum


This easy to read leaflet lists exampls of what the pupil on the autism spectrum did alongside some possible reasons for their actions which could be explored. Read more »

Autism skills and knowledge list

The list, developed jointly by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and the National Autistic Society, enables individual workers, or services and teams, to work out whether they have the knowledge and skills needed to provide a good service to people who have autism. Read more »

Being me

Being me is a CD-ROM and DVD set focussing on people talking about their experiences in a series of short film clips. Read more »

Care Focus Somerset

Care Focus Somerset is a not-for-profit company and supports the Social Care sector (Adults, LD, Children’s, Supporting People) with Workforce Planning and Development. Read more »

College Inclusion Charter


The College Inclusion Charter aims to support further education providers to improve their offer to young people with autism and other disabilities. Read more »

Commissioning for Community Inclusion: Eight Essential Actions


The Commissioning for Community Inclusion report shows how Commissioners can help make sure that services help people to live good lives in their communities. Read more »

Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism

‘Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism’ is a new guide for colleges that has been developed as part of the Finished at School campaign. Read more »

Finished at School: Where next for young people with autism?


This report stresses the need to address the desperate lack of effective education pathways for 16–25 year olds on the autism spectrum. Read more »

Foxes Academy

Foxes Academy is a training hotel and catering college for young people with learning disabilities. Read more »

Front-line Leaders programme

The National Skills Academy for Social Care runs this programme, which helps front-line workers to develop leadership skills to drive innovation and service improvement. There are two new cohorts of this programme taking place from November. Read more »

How to.. promote mental wellbeing in youth work practice


This ‘How to’ guide published by the Mental Health Foundation is aimed at youth organisations working with young people, to help to embed mental wellbeing improvement practices within the organisations. Read more »

Improving inclusion: getting inclusive education right for children with autism


This paper published by TreeHouse presents parents’ and children’s experiences and views of inclusive education and recommend ways in which inclusion can continue to be improved. Read more »

Intensive Interaction: connecting with people who are difficult to reach

This course shows delegates how to find ways to develop relationships with people with severe learning disabilities or autism. Read more »

Learning about friendship: stories to support social skills training in children with asperger syndrome and high functioning autism

This collection of ten fully illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) aged 4 to 8 and looks at how they can be overcome successfully. Read more »

Learning Curve

Learning Curve, part of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, provides innovative training programmes for charities, social enterprises, education, private and voluntary organisations. Read more »

My own place


This report provides practical tools and advice to help young people with disabilities and their families have good information and be supported to plan so that they have equal access to housing opportunities. Read more »

Our Lives in Your Hands


Our Lives in Your Hands tells the stories of nine families affected by autism. The report sets out the families stories and highlights how the reforms proposed in the Children and Families Bill will impact them. Read more »

Patient and Public Involvement and Communications Steering Group

The Purpose of the Patient and Public Involvement and Communications Steering Group is to advise and facilitate the effective involvement of the public within the work of the Trust. The Group will provide a two-way communication forum between the Trust… Read more »