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"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.


conversation starters 

  • 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.


Books and Movies featuring ASD

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams comes the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who couldn't speak as a child until he discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing himself in the world of Disney animated films.
Biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle's ranch.