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APPS. ROBOTS, OTHER MEDIA HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND
iQ: smartparent "Aiding Autism" premieres Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 14, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

APPS, ROBOTS, OTHER MEDIA HELP CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM IN THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND

iQ: smartparent “Aiding Autism” premieres Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH— With 1 in every 68 children now being identified with autism spectrum disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents and educators are in need of new, innovative devices and technology to aid children not only in the classroom, but in their daily lives. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the second episode of iQ: smartparent season two on Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. Episode 8: Aiding Autism will explore the ways digital devices and new technology can be helpful to children on the autism spectrum and with other learning differences, including which apps, robots, games, and other forms of media can be beneficial in the classroom and beyond.

Guests for Episode 8: Aiding Autism include:

Dr. Carla Mazefsky, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and licensed clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders
Brett Spitale, Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Greater Pennsylvania Chapter;
• and Aubrey Shick, founder and CEO of Origami Robotics.

Aiding Autism will encore immediately following the broadcast at 10 p.m. and will also be available at www.wqed.org/smartparent and YouTube following the on-air premiere.

The next episode of iQ: smartparent will tape on Tuesday, May 20, and celebrates fatherhood by featuring fun and innovative ways that Dads parent with media. Audience can register at www.iqsmartparent203.eventbrite.com.

iQ: smartparent is hosted by Angela Santomero.

Santomero is best known as the creator and executive producer of acclaimed children’s television hits such as Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr. and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. Founding partner and chief creative officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC, Santomero oversees the creative development and research of all the company’s projects, with a mission and vision to bring educational entertainment to a whole new level. Santomero is also host of PBS’ The Parent Show at PBSparents.org and writes a personal blog about being a parent who creates children’s media at AngelasClues.com.

WQED launched iQ: smartparent in response to a research study of regional parents (conducted by WQED in spring 2012) who expressed their desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media and expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through a series of television broadcasts and a robust online community, iQ: smartparent equips parents and caregivers with tools and resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media and technologies for learning.

To sign up for more information go to http://www.wqed.org/smartparent.

The previous iQ: smartparent episodes broadcast on WQED-TV include:

• Episode #1 Learning with Games
Can video and online games be positive learning tools for kids? This episode of iQ: smartparent will explore different ways that children learn through gaming and how parents can enhance the educational impact of video and online games for their children.

Episode #2 Girls Growing Up With Media
How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.

Episode #3 Health, Wellness and Technology
Can technology and digital devices contribute to our health and wellness? Join us as we identify apps, games, and other forms of media that can help parents and children stay fit and enjoy the outdoors!

Episode #4 Tune In, Tune Out
Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode of iQ: smartparent will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings systems while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives.

Episode #5 Tots + Tech
What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ: smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.

Episode #6 Like, Follow, Share
Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

Episode #7 Apps, Gaps, and the Digital Divide
This episode of iQ: smartparent explores the accessibility of broadband and mobile technology to different socioeconomic groups, and whether the digital divide also impacts access to educational content for children in the U.S. and globally.

iQ: smartparent benefits from the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents find age-appropriate, quality media. Parents can join the conversation online with WQED EDU and #iqsmartparent on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. iQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor and The Grable Foundation.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at http://www.wqed.org/fm/; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (http://www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media
is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.


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