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Autism Corner: The Man Behind the PBS Kids Character on the Spectrum


In a recent episode of the PBS Kids series “Hero Elementary,” one of the four main characters gets separated from his backpack.

Classmates at his school for young superheroes don’t tell him it’s lost at first, worried that he’ll be devastated. That’s because the backpack is a comfort item for the character, AJ Gadgets, said show writer Christine Ferraro. Having a comfort item is common among people with autism.

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