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
+61 7 3138 3046


An initiative of Autism CRC, inclusionED is an online professional learning community designed with educators, for educators, providing evidence-based practices tools and resources, to support diverse learners. The platform assists educators to support their students, whether they are at school or learning from home. Parents can also utilise the free tools to support their children to learn from home. inclusionED provides access to evidence based and research informed practices in the form of:

  • How-to guides with steps to successfully implement a practice
  • Instructional and informative videos
  • PDF tip sheets, word templates and handouts
  • Research reports and journal articles
  • National community of practice, enabling social sharing, comments and reviews of the experience implementing specific practices.


Autism Teen Wellbeing website

One in two young Australians on the autism spectrum experience anxiety and one in three experience depression, rates up to twice as high as those for non-autistic young Australians.

The Autism Teen Wellbeing website provides resources and strategies to help build protective factors against depression and anxiety for these vulnerable young people by cultivating a sense of belonging and the ability to regulate emotions in the face of stress. The site is designed for parents, teachers, schools and communities to support wellbeing in teenagers on the autism spectrum. 


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

Many children on the autism spectrum will have difficulties learning to read. These resources 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.

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The Robotics Club Program

Specialised social clubs are an excellent way to promote inclusion in mainstream schools. We implemented and evaluated a robotics social club to investigate whether if it would support the development of peer network for students on the autism spectrum. The result? The club increased social networks, motivation, engagement, personal and social capabilities and task and technology skills. It also helped enhanced teachers’ ability to better understand and support their neurodiverse students.

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Secret Agent Society

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 or visit

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.

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Educational Needs Analysis

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.

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Structured Teaching

Students on the autism spectrum may demonstrate challenges in executive functioning which present as difficulties in transitioning between tasks, commencing a new task, and completing complex tasks that need to be broken down into steps. These students often require more support to successfully cope with changes during the school day when transitioning from one activity to another.

Structured Teaching resources such as visual schedules and work systems have been found to enhance the capacity of these students to stay on task and transition between tasks. The majority of previous studies have, however, focused on the use of these strategies within special education or autism specific contexts.

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  • How-to guides with steps to successfully implement a practice
  • Instructional and informative videos
  • PDF tip sheets, word templates and handouts
  • Research reports and journal articles.
  • Community of practice, enabling social sharing, comments and reviews of the experience implementing specific practices.
School Years