In the episode titled “Girl Meets I Am Farkle,” Disney Channel will present a special episode that delivers both entertainment and information for kids and parents about Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Three experts consulted 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.
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, in a new episode of “Girl Meets World,” premiering Friday, September 11 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
“Girl Meets World” introduces Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, the tween daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, while Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise the roles of one of television’s favorite couples from the nostalgic favorite “Boy Meets World.” Sabrina Carpenter (“Sofia the First” and a Hollywood Records recording artist) plays Riley’s best friend, Maya Hart. August Maturo plays younger brother Auggie Matthews, Peyton Meyer (“Dog With A Blog”) plays Riley’s crush Lucas Friar and Corey Fogelmanis is Farkle, an intelligent and quirky classmate.
Guest starring: Cecilia Balagot as Isadora Smackle, Cyrina Fiallo as Ms. Oben, Lee Norris plays Stuart Minkus and Kristanna Loken as Jennifer Bassett Minkus
“Girl Meets World” carries a TV-G parental guideline.
Source: Disney Channel