I received this email yesterday. Alex has been using The Transporters for 1.5 years now, and on top of being fun, it has taught him about emotions.
Hello from The Transporters team.
(Thank you for previously signing up for this occasional
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We're delighted to tell you that, after more than three
years work, the North American English version of
The Transporters DVD Pack will be available from
Tuesday 2nd December at www.thetransporters.com.
The Transporters is a fun animation series designed
to help children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome
to understand and recognize emotions. The North
American version has local accents and vocabulary
and is designed for use inthe USA and Canada on
a regular TV.
The versions that have been distributed in the UK
and Australia have been very popular and we've
had wonderful messages from parents, as well as
from healthcare and education professionals. You
can see some of these, together with stories from
the press at www.thetransporters.com/say.html
Please do forward this email to friends or colleagues
whom you feel would be interested or may benefit
from the DVD. (They can sign up for their own
occasional newsletter, with a brief alert on launch
day, at www.thetransporters.com/newsletter.html).
Below, you'll find a note especially for parents from
Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism
Research Center at Cambridge University. We plan
to include short research insights into various
aspects of autism and Asperger's Syndrome in
future editions of this occasional newsletter.
Best wishes from London.
Claire, Jonathan, Simon and Nick at Changing
From Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen:
"As a parent of a child with autism or Asperger's
Syndrome you will have noticed that your child spends
less time looking at your face - and particularly your
eyes - compared to typically developing children of the
same age. This means children on the autistic
spectrum are missing out on key opportunities to learn
about emotions from people's faces as they are
growing up. The Transporters has been developed as
a powerful way to get children on the autistic
spectrum to start looking at faces - even without
realizing that's what they are doing.
The Transporters are animated vehicles. Your child
is likely to enjoy the wheels going round and round,
the vehicles moving along tracks, and the mechanical
devices that are transparent in how they work. Once
your child's attention is hooked, they will be more
open to taking in information about faces and
emotions at the same time.
In my experience, previous attempts to try to get
children on the autistic spectrum to look at faces have
often required rewarding the child in very artificial
ways (such as giving them raisins or star charts).
What's neat about The Transporters is that since the
vehicles are intrinsically appealing, there's no need for
an external reward. Your child's attention will probably
be fully focused on the screen without needing to be
pushed to watch.
I'm excited about the results from our trial of The
Transporters, showing clearly that children on the
autistic spectrum are learning about emotions.
Please help by forwarding this email to relatives,
friends or colleagues who might be interested. If you
have been forwarded this email and would like to sign
up to receive your own copy of this occasional newsletter
please visit www.thetransporters.com/newsletter.html
Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen PhD
Director, Autism Research Center,
Cambridge University, UK