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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.

What about autism and learning to read? To learn more, visit our section on how to help young kids with autism to become strong, confident readers.