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 lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 5-33! She and her husband, Brent enjoy sports and traveling. Amy is a former teacher with nearly 20 years of experience, a freelance writer, and a special needs advocate. Her mission is to help educate and empower families of children with disabilities to focus on their child's interests and strengths.