Resource Guide for Families to Support Students with ASD

Created by Laura Nigro

Classroom Program

My classroom is set up to create an inviting and dynamic space. New materials are being added weekly to appeal to the interests of all my learners. I have an area of the classroom for sensory where I have bean bag chairs and sensory bins set up for students to use. Students are able to take a break and use this corner when needed. I have different technology available in my classroom. Computers and IPads are available for use that are loaded with speech to text software, interactive programs, and communication tools (i.e. visual cues for communication). My classroom is adapted to implement strategies that are found in the TEACCH approach that implements a program for each individual student and family. My goal is to have open communication with parents and families. I want to offer as many support systems as possible and will help connect families with resources that they need.

Facts about learning and students with autism:

  • - Learning is diverse and not one model fits all students
  • - Enough time and intensity for instruction
  • - Provide breaks between instruction
  • - Guided practice
  • - Use appropriate language for instruction
  • - Provide visuals and clear instruction
  • - Balance is key to managing homework

Strategies for instruction and tips for managing behaviour:

For managing behaviour, it is important to look at the cause of the behaviour because it can be student and situation dependent. Some tips include:

  • - Make handling behaviour consistent at school and at home
  • - Define target behaviours and create a plan to address them
  • - Look at what triggers the behaviour
  • - Work with multiple support systems to find solutions
  • - Establish a rewards based system to encourage positive behaviour

Local Agencies and Resources:

There are a variety of resources and agencies available to provide up to date information. Below are some suggestions to help get you started:

Book lists:

Parentbooks is a Toronto based bookstore that has lists that provide different books to suit your needs! There are booklists on their website that give you a chance to browse online.

List of books for parents:

Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: an Altered Perspective.Barbara Quinn & Anthony Malone

Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Revised Edition. Chantal Sicile-Kira

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism. Arthur Fleischmann

The Autism Checklist: a Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Paula Kluth & John Shouse

List of books for siblings:

All About My Brother. By Sarah Peralta

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism. Ellen Sabin

Autism and Me: Sibling Stories. Ousie Shapiro, photos by Steven Vote


Autism Society Ontario (2015). Retrieved June 17, 2015, from

Autism Speaks Inc. (2015). Retrieved June 18, 2015, from

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre (2015). Retrieved June 17, 2015, from

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (2013). Retrieved June 17, 2015, from

Geneva Centre for Autism (2015). Retrieved June 18, 2015, from

Ministry of Education. (2007). Effective educational practices for students with autism spectrum disorders resource guide, 2007. Ontario: Queen’s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from

Parentbooks (2015). Retrieved June 18, 2015, from

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (2015). Retrieved June 18, 2015, from

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