Find out more about Autism Progress by downloading our FREE handbook.

The FREE handbook contains a guide to our autism profiling tool and the level descriptors we have created.

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Autism Wessex

Founded in 1968 by parents of autistic children, Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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We are the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice. We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.

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North East Autism Society


The Society was founded in 1980 by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). They wanted to send their children to a school where the staff understood their needs and where each child would be helped to achieve their full potential.

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Profile Autism

  • Communication

    Challenges: expressing personal needs, delayed development of language, repetitive use of known phrases, and/or difficulties with comprehension.

  • Social Interaction

    Challenges: applying social conventions, forming and sustaining relationships, managing social anxiety, and/or understanding the perspective of others. This is typical of someone with Aspergers Syndrome (AS).

  • Flexibility of Thought

    Challenges: struggling with repetitive patterns of behaviour or thought, applying known concepts to new situations, and/or accepting differences in unfamiliar situations.

  • Emotional Regulation

    Challenges: irritability, temper outbursts, aggression, self-injurious behaviours, raised levels of anxiety and distress.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Autism Progress?

Autism Progress is an observational assessment framework designed to help members of staff to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is not a diagnostic tool.

Autism Progress uses a scale ranging from 1 to 17. Each level within this scale outlines a selection of skills and abilities that are developmentally more challenging than the previous level.  We have worked with experienced special needs teachers and experts from Scottish Autism, Autism Wessex and the North East Autism Society to provide a range of ability-relevant strategies relating to the specific areas of development.

Can Autism Progress be used with adults?

Yes. Autism Progress has been designed to work with all ages. It can be used in Early Years settings, schools and adult care/education settings. One of the main aims of Autism Progress was to be used in adult care settings to improve the support and care individuals receive.

Is Autism Progress free?

No. Autism Progress does provide a FREE Handbook which contains information, guidance on the four developmental areas. This is designed to help professionals understand our profiling tool and how it should be used. Autism Progress requires purchase.

How do I use Autism Progress?

Autism Progress is a module within B Squared's Connecting Steps assessment software. Autism Progress can be used on its own alongside your current assessment system or used alongside B Squared's assessment products within Connecting Steps.

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  • This profiling tool is both relevant and useful for the assessment of children with autism. The support strategies it recommends provide a solid foundation for individual student’s development.

    ---- Phil Baker, Head of Education, Nottinghamshire
  • At last a set of statements and strategies which are relevant and useful in the assessment of children with autism.

  • It will help show areas that are causing issues and help to inform staff in dealing with behaviour and learning.

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