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PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

March 17, 2021

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PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with New Daniel Tiger, Xavier Riddler (with Temple Grandin) and Hero Elementary episodes!
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PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with New Daniel Tiger, Xavier Riddler (with Temple Grandin) and Hero Elementary episodes! This April, three popular PBS KIDS shows – the Emmy-winning Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodXavier Riddle and the Secret Museum based on Brad Meltzer bestselling books, and standout superhero series Hero Elementary, will premiere new episodes just in time for Autism Acceptance Month.

PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with New Daniel Tiger, Xavier Riddler (with Temple Grandin) and Hero Elementary episodes!
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PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with New Daniel Tiger, Xavier Riddler (with Temple Grandin) and Hero Elementary episodes!

Monday, March 29, kicks off a week of brand-new Hero Elementary episodes, including “AJ’s Extra Superpower,” a special half-hour show, debuting on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2! In the new episode, when a little girl’s toys keep disappearing from her backyard, Sparks’ Crew discovers the culprit is a neighbor’s dog. How will they keep it out? AJ’s Extra Superpower (his autism) is the key!

PBS KIDS Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with New Daniel Tiger, Xavier Riddler (with Temple Grandin) and Hero Elementary episodes!
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Then, starting Monday, April 5, a week of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode premieres kicks off with a special episode that will introduce families to  Teacher Harriet’s nephew, a new friend Max who is autistic. As Max joins Daniel and his friends in various activities, the group and young viewers at home learn a brand-new strategy song, “When a friend needs different things than you, there are some things you can do.” Max is voiced by Israel Thomas-Bruce, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 4, and is now 13 and in 8th grade. An active, smart, and ambitious teenager, Israel is very social and loves to tell jokes, play basketball and video games, and hang out with friends. 

Also on Monday, April 5 is a new episode of the hit series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum — featuring world-renowned scientist and autism advocate Doctor Temple Grandin. In “I am Temple Grandin,” Temple helps Yadina make friends with a new boy at school by showing her that people think and do things differently.

Hero Elementary “AJ’s ExtraSuperpower”

Premiering Friday, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, on PBS KIDS (check local listings)

When a little girl’s toys keep disappearing from her backyard, Sparks’ Crew discovers the culprit is a neighbor’s dog. How will they keep it out? AJ’s Extra Superpower (his autism) is the key.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel Meets a New Friend” / “A New Friend at the Clock Factory”

Premieres Monday, April 5 on PBS KIDS (check local listings)

“Daniel Meets a New Friend” – Daniel meets a new friend, Max, who is autistic and learns what he can do when Max needs more time to get comfortable and more space to play in his own way. 

“A New Friend at the Clock Factory” – Daniel is at Chime Time with his new friend, Max. When Max is overwhelmed by the bright lights and loud sounds, Daniel and his friends learn what they can do to help make a calmer Chime Time so Max can play, too.

“Jodi’s Asthma”/“Daniel and Max Play at the Playground”

Premieres Tuesday, April 6 on PBS KIDS (check local listings)

“Jodi’s Asthma” – Daniel is playing Splat Ball with his friends at the Enchanted Garden, but Jodi’s asthma makes it hard for her to run around. When she stops to rest, Daniel comes up with a new sitting-down game so everyone can still play. 

“Daniel and Max Play at the Playground” – Daniel feels left out at the playground when there’s no room for him to play with Katerina and Max at the xylophone. Max’s big sister, Amira, helps them find a way for everyone to play. 

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum “I am Temple Grandin”

Premiering Monday, April 5 on PBS KIDS (check local listings)

Temple Grandin helps Yadina make friends with a new boy at school, by showing her how great it is that people think and do things differently.

We thank PBS Kids for helping to bring awareness to Autism Acceptance Month.

Check out these additional Educational Resources for kids:

50 Children’s Books For All Ages

Learning to Code with OSMO

Parenting Resource Guide for Black Lives Matter

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A COVID-19 Special Series

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