It's Time to Head Back to School!

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom. 

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, we have provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.

School Community Tool Kit

The Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit is a resource designed to assist all members of the school community in understanding students with autism. 

The purpose of this kit is to provide helpful information about students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community!

Individualized Education Program: Summary, Guide and Practical Tips

A team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together Individualized Education Program: Summary, Guide and Practical Tips, a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.

Combating Bullying

The Combating Bullying portal of the Autism Speaks website includes a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Tool Kit, Top Ten Facts Parents, Educators and Students Need to Know, suggestions of ways to take action against bullying and more!

Advocacy Tool Kit

The Advocacy Tool Kit aims to help both individuals on the spectrum and their families develop and use critical advocacy skills in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. The goal of this tool kit is to provide a basic knowledge of advocacy and negotiation skills. The kit will show how to apply these skills to different situations throughout the lifespan of an individual with autism, including at school.

Help from the Experts!

Tips for Reducing Stress Associated with Back to School
from Dr. Peter Faustino, PhD

Autism and the Back to School Transition 
from Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

Getting Ready for School: Transition Tips for Students with Autism  
from Dr. Paula Kluth, PhD
As a bonus, click here to read Dr. Kluth's responses to questions from our community.

Tools for Students

Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism
by Ellen Sabin
The Autism Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. 

A Teen's Guide to Autism
This video is a guide geared towards teens, described by experts as "Not your typical dry educational presentation." "Speaks to students of all ages."

Click here to search our Resource Guide in your local area for schools, after-school programs, community activities, social skills groups and more!

Have additional questions or looking for other school-related resources? Contact our Autism Response Team at familyservices@autismspeaks.org or 888-288-4762 (en Espanol 888-772-9050). We are happy to help!