Girl Meets World doesn’t shy away from tackling tough issues, like self-esteem and exploring who you really are, and now the series is ready to take on another real life issue that faces many kids on a daily basis: Asperger’s syndrome.
The episode will center around Riley and Maya’s friend Farkle Minkus as finds out whether or not he has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.
Those involved with the show didn’t take the production of the episode lightly, enlisting three experts to consult on the episode to help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families. They are: Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D, The Help Group; child development consultant Arthur Pober, Ed.D.; and Shiela Wagner, M.Ed., retired, Emory Autism Center
Check out a brief synopsis of the episode, per Disney, below:
In the story, “Girl Meets Farkle,” Riley, Maya and Lucas emphasize the beauty of being unique as they rally around their friend Farkle Minkus, who may be on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, his friendship with another student, Smackle, grows fonder.
“Girl Meets Farkle” premieres Friday September 11th (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
For more information on autism, families can visit: www.cdc.gov/autism.
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