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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Arthur Explains Asperger’s

With April being Autism Awareness Month, and in light of less-than-happy recent events, I’d thought I’d dedicated this week’s Throwback Thursday to something Autism-related.

Earlier this month, Sesame Street introduced children to autism with its newest puppet, Julia. However, Sesame Street was not the first PBS to discuss the subject matter. That honor goes to another great PBS Kids show, Arthur.

Several years prior, Arthur released an episode that also explained Autism—specifically Asperger’s Syndrome—by introducing an Autistic character, and also through a very fitting and creative metaphor:

I have to say that the “spaceman on an alien planet” analogy manages to explain the symptoms of Autism quite eloquently, putting it into words better than I or anyone else could.

One addition I’d make would be that the aliens also walked around with lights attached to their foreheads, inadvertently shining it into other people’s eyes and forcing them to look away.