Autism and Aspergers

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that affects about 1 in 59 children in the U.S. Children "on the spectrum" (which includes Aspergers) have challenges with social interaction, language, and communication; many children also exhibit repetitive behaviors and a fascination with specific topics. 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. See also: Inclusive Classrooms.

Featured partner: First Words Project and Autism Navigator

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

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

Additional Resources We Recommend

National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention, U.S. Department of Education
Florida State University, First Words Project
Florida State University
Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)
Autism Speaks and Sesame Workshop
Geek Club Books
Autism Institute at Florida State University
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