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Date:1/13/2009

Groundbreaking DVD Helps Children Recognize Emotions

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2009 -- Sally is an animated cable car with a real human face - and she has proven amazingly effective in helping children with autism improve their recognition and understanding of emotions.

Sally is one of eight lovable cartoon characters starring in THE TRANSPORTERS, a groundbreaking DVD launching today at www.thetransporters.com. It is the brainchild of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading world authority on autism and produced in association with his research team at the Autism Research Center at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

The DVD could represent a major educational breakthrough for children on the autism spectrum, including Asperger's Syndrome.

The idea behind THE TRANSPORTERS is to help children to learn about emotions in a way that they enjoy. THE TRANSPORTERS features characters like toy trains and cable cars because children with autism tend to like mechanical objects that have highly predictable movement, while they shy away from people's faces, which they find unsettling and unpredictable. By grafting real actors' faces onto vehicles, the DVD attracts children with autism to look more at human faces and makes it fun and enjoyable to recognize and understand emotions. The DVD took almost three years of research and production effort to create and it has involved children with autism at every stage.

A new study to be published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders from Cambridge University has found that after watching the DVD for just 15 minutes a day for four weeks, most children with autism caught up with other children in their ability to recognize emotions.

Parents who have used the DVD have reported noticeable improvements and str
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