Social and Mental Health Resources for Autism

Download and print resources produced by VKC TRIAD. Resources include free access videos, infographics, and tip sheets designed to expand awareness, skills, attitudes, and practices related to social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, and mental health for all students, including autistic and neurodivergent students.

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Strategies to Support Resilience: The 3 Cs

The following resources provide information and easy-to-implement strategies for promoting student resilience, or the ability to cope with life's stressors. Click on the arrows to access a brief introduction video and download the infographic and resources for continued learning.

A brief video that provides the rationale and introduction for the Infographic. Closed captioning coming soon.


Learning Objective:
  • To connect the strategies of providing consistency, connecting with students, and being compassionate through responding to students’ unique and individual needs and preferences to building and supporting student resilience.

A visual representation of information intended to present information quickly and clearly. This infographic includes a definition, rationale, and easy-to-implement strategies for supporting student resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an easy-to-digest resource that includes synthesized, evidence-based information on key terms for educators.
  • This infographic serves as an introduction to supporting students’ resilience, by synthesizing evidence-based information from various sources into an easily accessible resource for educators.

   View or download "3 Cs Infographics" in PDF Format

  • Harlacher, J. E. & Whitcomb, S. A. (In press). Bolstering student resilience: Creating a classroom with consistency, connection, and compassion. Solution Tree.
  • Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. Cox, A. W., Fettig, A., Kucharczyk, S., Brock, M. E., Plavnik, J. B., Fleury, V. P., & Schultz, T. R. (2013). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young ddults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Evidence-Based Practice Review Group.
  • Tennessee Department of Education. (2015, July). Incorporating social and personal competencies into classroom instruction and educator effectiveness: A toolkit for Tennessee teachers and administrators. https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/safety/safe_sch/safe_sch_se_toolkit.pdf

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Skills to Support Social Engagement

The following resources provide information and easy-to-implement strategies for promoting students' social/interpersonal, emotional processing and regulation, and executive functioning skills. Click on the arrows below to access a brief introduction video and download the infographic and resources for continued learning.

A brief video that provides the rationale and introduction for the 3 Infographics. Closed captioning coming soon.


Learning Objective:
  • To connect the skill areas of executive functioning, emotional processing, and social/interpersonal to the Social and Personal Competencies.

A visual representation of information intended to present information quickly and clearly. These infographics include a definition, rationale, and easy-to-implement strategies for addressing important skills to support students.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an easy-to-digest resource that includes synthesized, evidence-based information on key terms for educators and families.
  • These infographics serve as introductions to key topics for supporting students' well-being, by synthesizing evidence-based information from various sources into easily accessible resources for educators.

   View or download "Emotional Skills Infographic" in PDF Format

   View or download "Social/Interpersonal Skills Infographic" in PDF Format

   View or download "Executive Functioning Skills Infographic" in PDF Format

Emotional Skills:

Social Skills

Executive Functioning:

  • Alexander, K., Kenworthy, L., Greenman, L., Wilde, L., Cannon, L., & Adler, M. (2014). Solving executive function challenges. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
  • Cannon, L., Kenworthy, L., Alexander, K., Werner, M. A., & Anthony, L. G. (2018). Unstuck and on target! An executive functioning curriculum to improve flexibility, planning, and organization (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
  • Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). Smart but scattered. New York, NY: Guilford Press. Meltzer, L. (2010). Promoting executive function in the classroom. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2010). Executive skills in children and adolescents (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Jones, S.M., Brush, K.E., Ramirez, T., Mao, Z.X., Marenus, M., Wettje, S., Finney, K., Raisch, N., Podoloff, N., Kahn, J., Barnes, S., Stickle, L., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Cuartas, J., & Bailey, R. (July 2021). Navigating SEL from the Inside out. Looking Inside & Across 33 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers (Preschool & Elementary Focus) (2nd Ed.). Harvard Graduate School of Education. https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Documents/navigating-social-and-emotional-learning-from-the-inside-out-2ed.pdf
  • Sarah Ward’s Cognitive Connections Website: www.efpractice.com
  • Tennessee Department of Education (Nov 2017). K-12 Social and Personal Competencies Resource Guide. https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/safety/safe_sch/SPC_Resource_Guide.pdf
  • Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (2018, Aug). What is Executive Functioning [Online course]. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center TRIAD Online Learning. https://triad.vkclearning.org/en-us/
  • Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (2018, Aug). Early Childhood: What is Executive Functioning [Online course]. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center TRIAD Online Learning. https://triad.vkclearning.org/en-us/

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ASD and Mental Health

Click to download the toolkit PDF below on addressing the mental health needs in students with autism spectrum disorders. To access the interactive, self-guided, online course on mental health and autism, click on the course button below.

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ASD and Trauma

Click and download the infographic below to learn about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

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TRIAD is a proud member of the Tennessee Technical Assistance Network (TN-TAN) through the Tennessee Department of Education. Through this network, we provide interactive training and consultation for administrators, teachers, paraeducators, school psychologists, and other professionals serving Tennessee students, including students with autism, in K-12 school settings.