Support and resources from Cognus Autism Service
3 good things (PDF, 419.84KB) – This resource is designed to support young people to think about 3 good things each day that have gone well or that they are grateful for.
How was today (PDF, 157.76KB) – A resource to be used as a way to think about all the positive things that have happened that day.
Structure, routine and organisation
Now and Next boards (PDF, 21.64KB) – There are both ‘now and next board’ and ‘now, next and then’ boards to be used create some structure for young people at home so they know what to expect. These need to be changed once an activity is complete so the young person can see what is coming up next by removing the ‘now’ symbol, moving the ‘next’ into position and adding the following task. We recommend you therefore use something like blu tack so that they are removable. You can use words, symbols, photos, or whatever works for the young person.
Step by step timetable (PDF, 77.33KB) – This timetable can be used to fill in a whole day’s worth of tasks/activities, separating them into morning and afternoon. Use words, symbols, photos or whatever works for the young person to fill in the blank spaces.
Week Timetable (51.7KB) – This week timetable can be used to fill in a whole week’s worth of activities/lessons/tasks. You can use words, symbols, photos, or whatever works for the young person.
Primary symbols (PDF, 638.94KB) – A range of symbols that may be used for primary school pupils that can be used on the timetables or to support communication such as making choices. You can cut them out and use blu tack to stick them onto the timetables or now and next boards.
Secondary symbols (PDF, 255.82KB) – A range of symbols that may be used for secondary school pupils that can be used on the timetables or to support communication such as making choices. You can cut them out and use blu tack to stick them onto the timetables or now and next boards.
Today (PDF, 171.57KB) – This is designed to support young people to organise their day, giving them the chance to choose the 3 things that they want to try and complete that day, but also ensuring that they complete some form of self-care as well.
Tasks for today (PDF, 157.71KB) - This is designed to support young people to help develop organisational skills, giving them a visual support to separate the urgent tasks, non-negotiable tasks (such as stopping to eat and personal hygiene!) and the non-urgent tasks, but also ensuring that they complete some form of self-care as well.
Task Instructions (PDF, 46.98KB) – This can be used to help break down tasks for young people in a step by step guide, to enable them to complete them independently.
Schedule and choose symbols for home (PDF, 901KB) – Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have designed this resource with a variety of symbols and useful timetables that can be used flexibly.
February 2021 Update
Young people may be feeling anxious about the upcoming covid testing happening in many schools. Reachout ACS have provided useful resources to support young people.
September 2020 Update
Cognus' Autism Service have created some resources to support children and young people in going back to school after closures.
Going back to school after closures (PPTX, 1935KB) - a story on going back to school after lockdown.
Support and Information for going back to school (PPTX, 1935KB) - Practical guidance on transitioning autistic children and young people back to school.
Subject Symbols (PDF, 392.31KB) - Visuals to use for timetables
Week timetables (PDF, 51.7KB) - School Week timetable template
After lockdown (PDF, 395.85KB) - Questions about experience of lockdown with visual prompts
An editable story (PPTX, 15.61MB) - to help support young people with autism in transitioning back to school with visuals regarding changes to the school