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HandsOn Scotland: a resource that provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and promote their mental health and wellbeing.

Understanding Behaviour  National Autistic Society

TACSEI (Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Although aimed at supporting young children, Not specific to autism, but The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a useful tool for any sector.


It's the little thingsThis resource has been developed by ENABLE Scotland to provide some practical suggestions for teachers, learning assistants and childcare workers to effectively support the learning and meet the needs of children and young people with additional support needs who may display challenging behaviour.

Tricky Moments -From ENABLE, hints and tips for managing your child's challenging behaviour, This booklet was written with parents of children with learning disabilities and/or autism in mind. However many of the suggestions may be helpful to school staff.

Kitbag for schools:  Kitbag could contribute to Health and Wellbeing particularly with regard to Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing and Relationships. The approach is designed to allow children to go at their own pace without the need for an adult to be present. 

Informative booklets (found at the bottom of the page in this link) have been developed by the Falkirk Council Children with Disabilities Team, Occupational Therapy. Although the target audience is parents/carers they provide excellent information for school staff. Titles include - Asperger's Syndrome - Teenagers; Asperger's Syndrome; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Life Skills for Little Ones; Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour. A new resource has been added in 2016 - Life Skills - Teenagers.. Though not specific to young people with autism the hints and tips are relevant for anyone working with young people in this age group.

A child with a communication problem?  Poster

Calm Down JarsCalm down jars can be any jar filled with a simple mixture of glue, glitter and warm water. If you are like us, you add in one of your favorite toys, too… LEGO! Any time your child (or you) need a break, give the jar a GREAT BIG shake (I promise the shaking is part of the “therapy”) and then watch and wait for the glitter to settle. The wait can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes.

Leicester Autism Outreach Service have developed a number of resources, links, ideas for parents/carers/educationalists/individuals with autism/siblings and anyone interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The following provide insight into some situations young people with autism find difficult:

Social and Communication Difficulties Booklet

Social and Communication Difficulties; A Booklet for Peers 

Toilet Skills and Young Children on the Autism Spectrum 

Autism: Meal-Times, Eating and Diet 

Guidelines produced as a response to the sexual health needs of young people in Forth Valley.Managing Sexualised Behaviours-Guidelines Staff cannot offer advice without support and guidance through organisational policy and procedures. This document aims to provide guidance on Managing Sexualised Behaviour for all staff in schools in Forth Valley. It has been written in wider consultation with, and with input from Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Education and NHS Forth Valley

 Asperger Syndrome - practical strategies for the classroomLeicester City Council & Leicestershire County Council  publisher NAS. This book provides  case studies and practical strategies to help make sense of the difficulties young people with autism may experience and display.Useful section on Work Skills)

Paula Kluth (2010) Improve students' flexibility, organization, and behavior with these executive function-friendly tips  (Article)

Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis (2012) The Incredible 5 Point Scale (2nd edition) Sample pages

Leventhal-Belfer L,   Why do I have to?: Jessica Kingsley Publishers A book for children who get frustrated by everyday rules. Slim volume with chapters on rules related to home, school and friends.

Donna Williams (1996) Autism: An inside - Out approach

Val Cumine, Julia Dunlop, Gill Stevenson (2009)    Autism in the Early Years - A Practical Guide. Routledge 

Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behaviour Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Val Cumine, Julia Dunlop, Gill Stevenson (2009) Aspergers Sydrome - A Practical Guide for Teachers  (2nd edition)

Hanbury, M. (2007) Positive Behaviour Strategies to Support Children and Young People with Autism. London: Sage.

These Shared Resources are included as examples of what has been developed in particular settings to provide information for staff, including supply and non teaching staff.. They may have to be adapted to meet needs in other contexts. We hope they give you ideas and inspiration to develop ones to suit your own school or pupil.

Thanks to FIFE ASIST team for this Barriers/Solutions grid to identify possible barriers which may be causing a behaviour, and possible solutions. Blank can be used for an individual pupil.

Short case studies describing What Helped  several Primary pupils with particular challenges (ASIST team).

Fife Education Service De-escalation Training Pack

De-escalation Training Pack Presentation 1 - Introduction and scene setting

De-escalation Training Pack Presentation 2 - Communication and relationships in school 

De-escalation Training Pack Presentation 3 - Addressing specific aspects of challengin pupil behaviour

De-escalation Training Pack Presentation 4 - What works? Using functional analysis to problem solve

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