This is autism awareness month and the media is finally taking some serious notice. With 1 in 70 boys and 1-117 children on the autism spectrum, it is clearly an epidemic. Here is an explanation of why the childrens’ show, Arthus- depicted aspergers. Thank you to the producers of Arthur, the new show Parenthood and many others for taking notice and bringing awareness to a much needed topic. Children need to be understood.
Last year, when the PBS Kids show Arthur invited its young viewers to create a pal with disabilities for the Elwood City crew, mention was made of an upcoming character named Carl who would add autism to the list of special needs the show has discussed — along with Buster’s asthma, Binky’s nut allergies, George’s dyslexia, and Marina’s blindness. Carl makes his debut this Monday, April 5, in an episode called “When Carl Met George” (that’s Carl, left, and George in the illustration). A press release from WGBH Boston gives this plot summary:George is excited about spending time with his new friend, Carl, who loves to draw trains and knows all kinds of cool facts about them! George discovers that Carl has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and that Carl sees the world a bit differently than George and many kids. Despite their differences, George and Carl become great pals — and learn a lot from each other. The story is followed by a live-action segment featuring kids with Asperger’s and autism. We meet Bess and Linnea at Lovelane, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to kids with special needs, and then we follow Linnea to her neighborhood school and meet her teacher and classmates. Terri Mauro, About.com Guide to Special Children
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