Isaac’s brain works a bit differently, which gives him “superpowers”, such as being able to remember lots of things, having lots of energy and hearing noises that other people can’t hear. Although the term Asperger is no longer used in diagnosing people with autism spectrum disorder like Isaac, this book is still relevant and can be a great conversation starter with the children about how some people might react or behave differently.
Isaac sometimes forgets to talk to people, or, when he does, he comes across as rude. He also doesn’t always understand jokes and is reluctant to join in some activities. Encourage the children to think about their own experiences and support them in developing empathy and an awareness that everyone’s brain works differently. Talk about what the children could do to make Isaac feel comfortable. Can they understand some of his issues? Have they experienced some of this, for example not understanding jokes or being overwhelmed by loud noise? How did it make them feel?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Kerstin Johnson
Content Editor & Resources Developer
Kerstin is our editor and looks after all the content at Little Scientists. Her aim is to make everything as engaging and user-friendly as possible for workshop participants.