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 newsletter. To
unsubscribe, see below)

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

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 in the 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 Media Development.


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

I'm excited about the results from our trial of The Transporters,
showing clearly that children on the autistic spectrum are learning about

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

Thanks, Simon."

Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen PhD
Director, Autism Research Center,
Cambridge University, UK

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