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Autistic children and Thomas the Tank Engine…

Lisa Jo Rudy, the About.com guide to Autism, writes about recent studies that suggest autistic kids are especially attracted to Thomas Tank Engine. The study suggests that children with autism are engaged by the simple emotions on the faces of the characters, she has an interesting viewpoint:-

“My personal belief is that Thomas is especially interesting to kids with autism because (1) the trains do a great deal of falling, crashing, and smashing – something that appeals to our kids and is tough to fun on other PBS or Disney programs for preschoolers and (2) the toy trains line up beautifully, and our kids love to line things up. They can even be lined up according to color, something that can be very soothing to kids with autism.”

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