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Date:1/13/2009

onger emotional bonds with their children. Professionals have noted children commenting on other people's feelings, often for the first time. (Verifiable testimonials from parents, as well as education and health professionals, are available upon request.)

"Imagine you're the parent of a child with autism and your child doesn't look up at your face, doesn't respond when you call their name, doesn't interact in the normal way," said Baron-Cohen. "It can be really heartbreaking. THE TRANSPORTERS addresses this challenge by helping children with autism look at faces and recognize feelings. We've found a way to reach children with autism by bringing the social world to them rather than expecting them to come to us."

The DVD arrives at a time when autism is being increasingly recognized as a national public health issue. Autism spectrum conditions are diagnosed in at least one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism, whose cause remains unknown, has increased tenfold in the last decade.

"THE TRANSPORTERS DVD is a wonderfully innovative way to help children with autism. Combining animated mechanical vehicles with real human faces is a format that is captivating and fun", said Alison Tepper Singer, Executive Vice President, Autism Speaks, USA.

The content-packed DVD consists of 15 five-minute animated stories (75 minutes), 30 interactive quizzes (70 minutes), and a 36-page booklet to help parents, teachers, and caregivers get the most out of the DVD at home and at school. The storyline involves a toy set in a child's bedroom that comes to life when its owner goes to school. Each episode focuses on a different emotion, beginning with the simplest (happy, sad, angry), and moving on to the more complex (proud, disgusted, jealous). THE TRANSPORTERS is aimed at children between 2 and 8 years old.

THE TRANSPORTERS is available online for US
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