Identifying autism and other developmental disabilities early gives children their best chance at reaching their full potential. Dinosaur Train is getting on-board with a “Junior Conductors Academy” episode in which Buddy and his siblings become friends with Dennis Deinocheirus, a dinosaur who knows a LOT MORE about dinosaurs than Buddy, but has some trouble making friends. Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don learn a lot of new things at the Junior Conductors Academy – and make a new friend in Dennis. Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis has his own dinosaur features. And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others.

You can find resources below from the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign, which helps parents track the developmental milestones of all their littlest dinosaurs, as well as information from Autism Council of Utah, Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning, and UNI’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic.

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Autism Resources from PBS

Autism Awareness featuring Dinosaur Train

Learning to Be Curious Essay by Stephanie E. Myer, Ph.D.

Thomas and Friends Autism Collection

Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children

Inclusive Communities "How to Help Children with Autism"

NEW Arthur Episode "Carl's Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing"

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