Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

If you’ve ever had to explain autism to a child, you know it can be very difficult. Autism is very complex. But if you have a child with autism you’ve probably had to do just that. Maybe it was explain autism to your child’s sibling, or a cousin, or a friend.

And to make it even more challenging. There aren’t a lot of resources to help. So I created one for you. I took the familiar fairy tale of Goldilocks and gave her many of the characteristics and traits that someone on the autism spectrum might exhibit.

Initially, this was available as a downloadble PDF on my website, but I am happy to announce that I’ve partnered with AAPC Publishing and Goldilocks will soon be available as a beautiful children’s book illustrated by the incredibly talented Anais Balbas.

In addition, an autism glossary and discussion guide are included in the book to serve as a teaching tool.

Be sure to follow Big Abilities, Anais Balbas, and AAPC on all social media so you can be one of the first to own this unique and heart-warming story of neurodiversity and acceptance!

“Goldilocks has Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. ASD means she sees the world a little differently. Things must be a certain way, or she becomes uncomfortable. She doesn’t understand how dangerous some things can be, like wandering away from her parents. Or that there are some things you shouldn’t do, like walking into someone’s home without knocking. We must be careful to keep her safe. Today taught us that even more.”

Goldilocks’ Mom to Baby Bear

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.