Thomas & Friends
has been chugging into the
homes and hearts of children around the world since the mid 1940s,
and now the fictional track stars are part of an Australian online
initiative aimed at Autism.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
not-for-profit organization that provides autism-specific services
for children and adults, partnered with HIT Entertainment to
develop a game where children can identify emotions.
a child plays the game, he must recognize a different sequence of
faces including mad, sad, surprised, happy and more as a way to
develop social and communication skills.
conducted by the United Kingdom's National Autistic Society
concluded that the
clear expressions, predictable storylines and quick pace of the
popular television program especially appeals to autistic
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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