Learning emotions through trains
The Transporters series has been evaluated by the Autism Research Centre for its effectivness for children aged 4 to 8 with an autism spectrum disorder. It proved to be successful.
The Transporters has been created specifically for children with autism spectrum conditions (autism for short) who find it hard to recognise the causes of emotion and the facial expressions that go with them.
There are eight characters, all toy vehicles with their own personalities and function. They are part of a toy set in a child’s bedroom, an environment that is designed to be predictable (since children with autism love predictability) but not distracting. Each character has a real human (rather than a cartoon) face to make it easier for children to transfer their learning into real life.
The character comes to live when their own owner, Jamie, goes off to school in the morning. A narrator helps children to focus on the facial expressions.
Episodes and quizzes are designed to be enjoyed repeatedly. Children love to watch them and again – and this helps them to learn.
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