A brief, easy to understand, straightforward summary of key features of an Autism diagnosis (for younger readers as well as adults who are looking to further their understanding of ASD.)
An Autism diagnosis may be challenging to understand, both for professionals as well as caregivers.
Despite the reported high prevalence of Autism (approximately 1 in 70 according to many sources) children with this diagnosis can be vulnerable to being judged by mainstream standards, as opposed to being supported through efforts to understand their unique ways of learning and relating to their peers and environment.
I hope that Understanding Bobby's Autism Diagnosis: A social story, will contribute to more discussions/reflections around this topic, more understanding and less judgement; celebrating this year’s Autism Awareness Month through making the world a more supportive place for the special children with this diagnosis.
For many children on the Autism Spectrum, visual processing is their preferred way of processing information. "Bobby, not so loud" is a visual resource aimed to support children, especially those with an ASD diagnosis, in gaining greater awareness of the social importance of regulating their volume of speech.