By: Suzannah Costa
The last couple of weeks, I have been working on putting together the format and details of the storybook I will be producing. I recently finished the drawings for each page and the content, so my next steps are to put it all together into a storybook format to get it ready to publish. The book will be a short story about two kids that are best friends, one of them who has autism, and how regardless of the one having autism, they are still just like you and me and should not be regarded as different just because of the disability. My next steps are to figure out the details of how/when/if it will be printed, and then hopefully try to set up a few times to read the book to the children in the daycare on campus.
Since we are nearing the end of the semester, I have been reflecting on the time and work involved in this internship. Producing the poster and storybook have been things I never thought I would be doing, because they are out of my comfort zone. One of the most challenging things I faced when writing the content for the storybook was figuring out how to write such a simple story that kids would understand. I did not realize how technical and wordy we make things as we progress through English and science classes, and writing the storybook helped me discuss something I am passionate about in such a simple yet effective way. I really enjoyed the work I have done this semester because it was different, and it was really nice to be able to take a break from chemistry and calculus to work on something I was passionate about and enjoyed doing. As for the rest of this semester, I am looking forward to publishing the storybook and seeing where it goes from there.