Autism Spectrum Disorder
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 Asperger's) 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 and Social and Emotional Learning.
Featured partner: First Words Project and Autism Navigator
Our PBS 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.