Resources for teachers

Autism CRC’s School Years Program: Enhancing Learning and Teaching

A US study estimates that 1 in 68 school-aged children have been identified as autistic (US CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network). In Australia, the majority of children on the autism spectrum attend mainstream schools.

Students on the autism spectrum often have diverse needs that present unique challenges to schools. As educators, you have a profound influence on students – so, it’s incredibly important to have a solid understanding of autism, how it may affect learning, and the strategies and support available.

Autism CRC offers a variety of resources to equip teachers to help their students succeed in school and beyond, with many more in development. We are delighted to share these resources with you and invite you to share them with your colleagues.

Importantly, while our research is focused on students on the autism spectrum, the resources we develop are designed for use with all students, in keeping with the principles of Universal Design for Learning. We are always looking for ways to improve our resources.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or feedback:

Keely Harper Hill
PhD Research Associate, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology
Keely.harperhill@qut.edu.au
+61 7 3138 3046


Educational Needs Analysis

Age Group: All Ages

Autistic students may present unique challenges to school systems. An inclusive approach to education requires teachers to address these challenges and support the unique needs of autistic students.

The Educational Needs Analysis is a world first research project that gathered the perspectives of 1,500 educators, parents, specialists and students to determine and better understand the educational needs of students on the autism spectrum, aged 5 to 18. The results are captured in the following resources:


Literacy Profiles and Literacy Predictors of Early Learners on the Autism Spectrum

Age Group: Early Learners

Many children on the autism spectrum will have difficulties learning to read. The resources below are the result of three projects investigating the literacy profiles of early learners on the autism spectrum and how these profiles may assist educators to predict literacy achievements, and inform teaching and learning decision-making.


The Robotics Club Program

Age Group: Middle School

Many children on the autism spectrum will have difficulties learning to read. The resources below are the result of three projects investigating the literacy profiles of early learners on the autism spectrum and how these profiles may assist educators to predict literacy achievements, and inform teaching and learning decision-making.

Help us improve the Robotics Social Club website

After visiting the Social Robotics Club website, please contact Keely Harper-Hill at keely.harperhill@qut.edu.au with any feedback and/or suggestions. Your input will help us enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of the program’s main communication tool. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Secret Agent Society

Age Group: Middle School

Multiple research evaluations support the effectiveness of Secret Agent Society (SAS) for empowering the social and emotional skills of children on the autism spectrum as well as other children who experience social and emotional challenges. Many schools integrate SAS into their learning support and curriculum resources. To find out more about any of the below SAS resource and program options please contact sas@sst-institute.net or visit www.sst-institute.net.

If you'd like to find out more about the SAS Computer Game, join us for a SAS Computer Game Webinar. It's a great introduction to SAS and targeting specific social and emotional skills in your existing classrooms.

Secret Agent Society Whole of Classroom (SAS-WOC)Secret Agent Society Whole of Classroom (SAS-WOC)

The Autism CRC has been evaluating a new Whole-Of-Class version of SAS for year 5 classrooms.

SAS Individualised Planning GuideSAS Individualised Planning Guide

A new free download, the SAS Individualised Planning Guide, is assisting many teachers to write and implement their student’s individualised learning plans.

Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group ProgramSecret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program

The SAS Small Group Program has a 2-day SAS Facilitator Training Course operating across Australia in 2018.

SAS Computer Game Pack and Board SAS Computer Game Pack and Board

The SAS Computer Game Pack and Board Game can be used flexibly at anytime without training.