Helping children and young people to understand autism can be the key to peer acceptance. This can lead to a reduction in bullying.

Here we look at materials that can help teachers to plan a lesson or school assembly on autism awareness. These are broken down into age groups 3 – 5 years, 5 – 7 years, 7 – 11 years and 11 years plus, but some resources will be suitable for more than one age group.  

These materials focus on autism, including Asperger syndrome

We also have information about children and young people with a demand avoidant profile, including how to help a child with a demand avoidant profile in your school.


The National Autistic Society has teacher resource packs that include lesson and assembly plans. These have been produced for world autism awareness week, but can be used at any time.

Here are some other resources that may help:

3– 5 years

5 – 7 years

7 – 11 years

11 years plus

Further help from our charity

MyWorld free teaching resources.
Bullying and autism
Autism in the primary classroom
Autism in the secondary classroom

Resources and books

Creating Autism Champions - Autism Awareness Training for Key Stage 1 and 2.
Scope - Diversity teaching resources

Last reviewed: 3 February 2020