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Photographic Preview For Children With Autism

Prepare your child for an amazing visit at the Vancouver Aquarium with our “photographic preview”.


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I am going to the Vancouver Aquarium!

I am going to have lots of fun!

I am going to see lots of amazing animals of all colours, shapes and sizes!

What animals will I see?

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The Aquarium is very big.

Lots of people visit it every day.

The people may be excited and loud. That’s okay!

If it’s too loud, I can cover my ears.

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When I arrive at the Aquarium, I will have to wait my turn to go in.

When I get to the front of the line, a staff member will stamp my hand so I can go in.

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I will need to stay with my group while I am at the Aquarium. If I get lost, I can ask a staff member or a volunteer in a red or blue shirt for help.

If I want to know more about the animals, I can ask questions like “What does a dolphin eat?”

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Most of the animals at the Aquarium live in the water. Their homes have windows so I can see them.

Some of the animals have open homes. I will use my eyes to look at these animals, and I will keep my hands to myself.

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Some of the galleries are dark so I can see the animals better.

There are lots of beautiful animals from all over the world.

I can see brightly coloured fish, frogs and even birds.

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I can go outside on the deck to see the marine mammals. I can visit the dolphins, sea otters and sea lions.

The dolphins can jump very high out of the water. I might get splashed if I am standing close to the railing.

That’s okay!

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I can go downstairs to see the dolphins and sea lions.

I can watch them swimming in the water.

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There is a kid’s play area called Clownfish Cove. It can be busy and noisy. That’s okay!

I can play in the rescue boat, walk through a tunnel and play with the toys. There may be other children playing, and I will have to share the toys.

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There is a bubble in the Frogs Forever? Exhibit. I can go under it, put my head in it and look around.

This is how it feels to be a frog!

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In the Amazon Rainforest gallery it is hot and wet, just like in the Amazon!

The Amazon Rainforest gallery can be busy so we have to go the same way as everyone else. I will enter through one door and exit through the other side.

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The animals are not always behind glass. Some will be right next to me. I will keep my hands to myself and stay on the walkway so I do not hurt the animals.

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Sometimes there are touchpools open where I can touch sea urchins, anenomies and sea stars.

I have to make sure to be gentle and only use my pinky finger.

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I can go into the 4-D theatre to watch a movie. There is a line up and I have to wait my turn to go inside.

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When I get inside, I can pick a good seat. I may have to sit next to people

I do not know.

During the movie, I may get splashed or my legs may get tickled. That’s okay!

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It is important to stay in my seat until the movie is over. If I have to leave, I need to ask someone to take me out.

I will leave quietly so that the other people can continue to enjoy watching the movie.

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If I am hungry while I am at the Aquarium, I can ask for a snack.

There is a café where I can buy food.

I have to line up and wait my turn to pick my food.

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I can eat my food at the tables nearby.

There may be other people sitting close by who are eating too.

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When it is time to leave the Aquarium and go home, I will leave through the Gift Shop.

There are lots of things for sale in the Gift Shop. If I want to take something home, I will have to buy it.

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I am done my visit at the Vancouver Aquarium. I had lots of fun!

I can tell everyone about my favourite animals.

Maybe I can come back soon!


Special thanks to our amazing volunteers and staff who shared their expertise for the development of this booklet.

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