This page contains resources for talking to Peers about Autism.

Often we try to avoid giving information to students about autism because we don't want to make the individual seem different. Unfortunately, not giving peers good information about autism can cause confusion and misunderstandings about why the person with autism acts in certain ways.

Talking to peers about autism is something that must be discussed with the IEP team. Parents/Caregivers must be involved in the decision and approve of the peer training. It has been our experience that very positive things can result from giving peers good information about autism and how it effects the student in their class.


This is a basic power point that could be used to talk to elementary aged children about autism.


This is a power point that was used to talk to 4th grade students about a student in their classroom. This is example of how to include some specific information about the student such as high interest areas, specific behavior issues, etc.


This is a basic power point that could be used to talk to High School students/staff about autism.


This is a power point story for young children about a friend with autism.


This is a one page handout about autism that can be sent home with students of any age and provides an overview of autism spectrum disorders.


This is an excerpt form the Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit. It contains some great ideas and information for talking to peers about autism.


This document includes a list of books about autism and the grade level that they would be appropriate to use with.


This is a great resource from the Autism Society of America on Understanding Autism.


This is another great resource from the Autism Society of America called Growing Up Together - Teens with Autism.


This is a nice, one page overview for parents on autism by the National Principals Association.