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Autism and Asperger's

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children in the U.S. Children "on the spectrum" (which includes Asperger's) have challenges with social interaction, language, and communication; many children also exhibit repetitive behaviors and a fascination with specific topics. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that every child with ASD has different skills, challenges, and needs! In this section, you'll find information on how to help children with ASD succeed in the K-3 classroom, books for children that feature characters on the spectrum, links to PBS autism awareness programming and resources, and much more.

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Henry Winkler

Learn how brain scientists are working to solve the puzzle of why some children struggle to read and others don't.

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"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo