A free online resource developed to support the inclusion of autistic learners in Scottish Early Learning and Childcare settings, Primary and Secondary schools.


Educational resources about childhood trauma have been included in the Autism Toolbox because children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties, such as autism, can be affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES). Practitioners need to be mindful that trauma and autism can co-occur. For example, it might be hard to tease these issues apart in a child who has experience of the care system. Ignoring either factor will limit our understanding of the child or young person and could potentially weaken the support we offer.

The impact of ACES is illustrated in the following animation.

The role of the workforce in making a positive difference to those affected by adversity is illustrated in the NHS Education for Scotland animation which is available here

The animation below was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce who work with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.


Further information is available in online modules produced by NHS Education for Scotland. The following e-learning resource unpacks childhood trauma further (note you need to sign up to this website to access the resources). The link is:


The NES Trauma Training Framework is available here.  

Education Scotland published a paper entitled 'Nurture, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma informed practice: Making the links between these approaches' which helps practitioners join the dots between the concepts of nurture, ACES and trauma.