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NEW: There is now a video version of this story available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lFYuPSaq2A&t=344s. The narrator is Michele Lepe, who millions of kids and parents know as Nina on PBS Sprout's The Goodnight Show.
Please note: There are no teaching guides or Newspaper In Education (NIE) lessons for this short, simple story.
A special thanks to Hope Miller for reviewing the story and providing the following comments based on her experience as a pre-school teacher at Benton Hall Academy Elementary School in Little Falls, NY, and a big sister to Daniel, her brother with autism.
"I thought this was a nice, short story and good depiction about how a child with Autism may act and react. Many students who have not been exposed to children with special needs often are mean because they don't understand why a child with autism is behaving that way. Many students don't know any better because they have not been exposed to children or people with disabilities.
I think it is excellent for teachers to talk about autism and other disabilities with their students, whether they have a student in their classroom with a disability or not because chances are, all children at some point will come into contact with individuals with special needs and their reactions can determine how that interaction plays out.
This story can help all children both with and without special needs."