The episode of the PBS Kids show Arthur that introduced a character with Asperger syndrome is up now for viewing on the PBS Kids site. In the episode, George (in the picture at right), a character whose dyslexia and tendency to hide behind his ventriloquist's dummy have been previous plot points, explains how he met Carl (in the picture at left), a new friend with Asperger's.
At first, George is taken aback by Carl's hyperfocus on trains, inability to understand figures of speech, and fearful meltdown when meeting George's dummy giraffe. But after a helpful explanation from the Brain, George finds ways to be a good friend to Carl, and recognizes the things that Carl can teach him, too.
I thought it was a charming episode, informative in a no-nonsense and kid-friendly way. (I also loved the character of Carl's mom, whose reactions to things reminded me of my own handling of my son's quirks.) Has your child watched this episode? What did you think of it? Share your reviews in the comments.
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