School Resources & Materials
Emergency situations and drills, such as fire and lockdown drills, can be upsetting, disruptive, and scary for autistic children and teens. We have created resources to help teachers and school administrators prepare students for these events, as well as worksheets for post-emergency processing and discussion. Because emergencies and drills often involve alarms, sirens, and the presence of first responders, understanding autistic students' sensory needs and personal sense of safety will help with successful outcomes. We hope these resources are useful!
Emergency Drill Tips for Teachers and School Administrators
Fire Drill Social Story
Fire Drills: Practice at School
This video (1 min 13 seconds) depicts illustrated characters practicing a fire drill at school. They walk in a single-file line outside and wait until the teacher tells them it is safe to return to the building.
Fire Drills: Rules
This short video (52 seconds) presents a Social Story of a fire drill. It emphasizes how loud the fire alarm can be as well as the importance of listening to the teacher and remaining quiet until told to return to the classroom.