The Transporters has been created specifically for autistic children who find it hard to recognise the causes of emotion and the facial expressions that go with them. Developed with the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, it uses animated vehicles with real human faces to help children transfer learning to real life.
Episodes are designed to be enjoyed repeatedly. Children love to watch them again and again - and this helps them learn.
There are 8 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 but not distracting. Each character has a real human face (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.
The Transporters has been shown to work:
The Transporters was evaluated by the Autism Research Centre, at the University of Cambridge, for its effectiveness for autistic children aged 4 to 8.
See www.thetransporters.com/products to download a free information guide full of tips and activity suggestions to help your child use The Transporters.
The Autism Research Trust is a UK charity that funds research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and explore interventions to ensure that autistic people receive the best possible support.
By investing in high quality research we can make a difference to the lives of those affected by autism, both now and into future generations.