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 there are ‘social stories‘ provided.  The stories are written by Karen Riding, an ASD teacher who specialises in autism and social communication.

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 at

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Social Stories

‘I’m not naughty, I’m autistic’ – this powerful video could help children and adults alike to understand how the world is for an autistic person. It is important to consider the needs of all children before starting linking.