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Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this section, you’ll find information on how to help children on the autism spectrum 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.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that affects about 1 in 36 children in the U.S. (opens in a new window) according to the CDC. Children on the autism spectrum have challenges with social interaction, language, and communication; many children also exhibit repetitive behaviors and a fascination with specific topics. Every autistic child has different skills, challenges, and needs.