Autism Friendly Linking

The Schools Linking programme offers opportunities for children and young people to meet, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community.  For children with autism, anxiety and attachment difficulties this can be especially challenging.

To help meet the needs of children and young people at different points during the Linking journey we provide ‘social stories‘ that teachers can use and adapt for their children.  The stories are written for us by Karen Riding, an ASD teacher who specialises in autism and social communication in Rochdale.

Each social story describes a context or a concept involved in the Linking process-


        Introducing myself




    Sending my picture




 Meeting new children




Visiting a different school





Children from a different school coming to visit me





For each story, consideration was given to the perception of the child, and should help the child to access the concept.  The story can and should be adapted for individual children.  We would recommend that the parent or caregiver is contacted regarding adaptations.

The social stories are provided as a narrative only or narrative with supporting images.

You can find out more about social stories in general at

Social Stories


Creating a great Welcome to a Neutral Venue

This video below was created by M6 Theatre who provide the Neutral Venue Visit for Rochdale Schools Linking classes. It was created following advice on creating an Autism Friendly welcome and the ideas here can be used by other venues who host linking


Understanding Autism

This powerful video could help children and adults alike to understand how the world is for an autistic person. This is all part of helping us consider the needs of all children before starting linking.

‘I’m not naughty, I’m autistic’