Autism Awareness Continues with New Episode of 'Dinosaur Train'

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Jim Henson Company presents a special episode in which Buddy and his siblings become friends with a dinosaur who knows a LOT MORE about dinosaurs than Buddy, but has some trouble making friends. Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis Deinocheirus has his own dinosaur features. And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others. Dinosaur Train has partnered in this initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign helps parents track the developmental milestones of all their little dinosaur trackers!

Meet Julia, the New Kid on 'Sesame Street'

Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before. Her name is Julia, and she has autism. The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show. Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness. “As a parent of two kids with autism, I’m thrilled that there’s finally a character with autism on Sesame Street,” Rosner said.

'Arthur' Episodes Feature Character with Asperger's Syndrome

Spring has sprung in Elwood City, and Arthur and his friends are bringing more great content to your viewers–on the air and online–all season long! In April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Arthur is featuring classic – and new episodes – with Carl, a character on the Autism spectrum.  
4/10 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
4/11 | Pets and Pests/Go Fly A Kite
4/12 | Carls Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing
4/13 | He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble
4/14 | George and the Missing Puzzle Piece/D.W. Swims With the Fishes
You can catch these special episodes on WSKG TV the week of April 10th through 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm. Arthur’s RECENTLY UPDATED WEBSITE is now more mobile-friendly, with fully responsive main sections and easier-to-navigate games, allowing kids to scroll and access all 47 games and apps easily–whether on a desktop, phone, or tablet. The video player also has been upgraded to take advantage of PBS’s latest designs and functionality.

Free Webinars from Sesame Street Focus on Autism

Join your friends on Sesame Street for a one-hour webinar just for educators on the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative! Every child in his or her lifetime will meet someone who has autism—and this project was developed to spread a message of respect, empathy, and kindness to all children, and to remind us all that everyone has unique qualities and talents that make the world an interesting place. In this interactive discussion, you’ll learn more from the creators of this project about the variety of free resources that were developed, and ways these materials can be integrated into programming with children. Register today! Webinar for Providers Working With Families and Children
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 2:00pm-3:00pm
Register Here

Webinar for Educators Working With Children
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 3:00pm-4:00pm
Register Here

 

DIY

Ron, Owen and Cornelia Suskind (Photo Credit: Ron Suskind)

Tune in to RadioLab Tuesday, November 17 on WSKG Radio at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Two stories of humans DIY-ing answers to seemingly unsolvable problems. First, a homemade brain-stimulator that may unlock hidden potential. In the last couple years, tDCS has been all over the news. Researchers claim that juicing the brain with just 2 milliamps (think 9-volt battery) can help with everything from learning languages, to quitting smoking, to overcoming depression. Sally Adee, an editor at New Scientist, was at a conference for DARPA – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – when she heard about a way to speed up learning with something called trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). A couple years later, Sally found herself wielding an M4 assault rifle, picking off enemy combatants with a battery wired to her temple.

See Amazing in All Children

In the U.S., 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That makes autism more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. In fact, almost every school and university in the country has students with autism. While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not. The lack of understanding around the condition contributes to discrimination, verbal abuse, even physical violence.