ARTHUR Explores Asperger’s Syndrome in a New Episode on Monday
Posted Apr 03 2010 1:02pm
If your kids are fans of ARTHUR on PBS KIDS GO, they’ll want to know that five new episodes of the show will be premiering this Monday, April 5th! (Check local listings for times.)
One episode that is especially notable is called “When Carl Met George.” Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome have been prominent in the news lately, and this episode of ARTHUR features a little boy named Carl, who has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism).
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, and that Carl sees the world a bit differently from 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. Kids will meet Bess and Linnea at Lovelane, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to kids with special needs, and then they follow Linnea to her neighborhood school and meet her teacher and classmates.
“When Carl Met George” would be a valuable episode for parents and educators to watch with their kids as it could be a springboard for a discussion on differences between people and accepting those who aren’t the same as we are.