the amazing adventures of arianna astronaut family guide
"If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism."
--Steven Shore, Ed.D., author and leader in the field of autism and lives with autism spectrum disorder.
what is autism?
People with autism share a common “triad” of features, regardless of functioning level:
- Social differences
- Repetitive behaviors and/or obsessive interests
- Communication differences
ASD--Autism Spectrum Disorder
Asperger's--is part of the ASD, but people with Asperger's can think well and learn about lots of things easily.
Stimming--also known as Self-stimulatory behavior, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or repetitive movement of objects. It is considered a way in which autistic people calm and stimulate themselves.
- Did you learn something new about people with autism?
- How does the space crew help Arianna?
- Do you know anyone at school with ASD? What are some ways you can you include them in your activities?
You can make your own sensory bottles at home. Any clean, clear plastic bottle with a tight lid will work. You can fill it (leave a little space at the top) with water, liquid soap, baby oil, liquid watercolors, food coloring, glitter, beads, sequins, or anything you want to see floating around. Seal it up tight--you may want to glue the lid on--and shake, flip, and spin.