About The Transporters
The Transporters has been created specially for children with autism spectrum conditions (autism for short) who find it hard to recognize 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 characters come to life when their 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 again and again - and this helps them learn.
Why The Transporters?
Children with autism tend to love vehicles. In particular, children with autism love vehicles that move predictably - like trams, cable cars and trains. They tend to dislike objects that move unpredictably.
With The Transporters, children who don't naturally want to look at real people's unpredictable faces are encouraged to do so because they are "grafted" onto beautifully predictable, attractive vehicles.