Arthur Explores Asperger’s Syndrome! [VIDEO Details]NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | March 30, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Updated 04/02/2012 [new video]
With one in 150 kids being diagnosed with being on the Autism Spectrum understanding, while we seek for answers, is of utmost importance. Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, is addressed in an episode of Arthur, which will be broadcast on Monday April 5th on PBS Kids.
I liked the no judgement or preaching approach that was chosen to handle the topic. So much is being done to mainstream kids yet this takes time and in the mean time we cannot just shunt kids out of sight. It is important that everyone, especially kids, be educated about differences that are sometimes not so easy to understand. While disabilities involving wheelchairs etc are still being tailored into children’s shows, I had yet to see a children’s show approach this sensitive topic. Yet sensitivity is exactly how it was approached.
“When Carl Met George” is the title of the episode and addresses things like abstract sentences, intense sensitivity to certain things and need for order. I honestly appreciated the comparison of landing on a foreign planet and not understanding what was happening around them. To a child with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome the world can sometimes be viewed as scary or challenging. April is Autism month so this is a wonderful way to introduce the subject to children.
*Disclosure: I received a screener copy of this episode to review!