From National Public Radio:
A DVD developed by British researchers is successfully using trucks and trains to help children with autism decode human emotions.
Simon Baron-Cohen and a team of researchers from the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge have come up with a series of educational videos featuring animated vehicles called The Transporters, each with the face of a highly expressive actor.
A study found that children who watched the DVD for at least 15 minutes a day for a month became much more adept at recognizing facial expressions and the emotions behind them.
The original Transporters DVD was so successful in the U.K. that Baron-Cohen and his team released a new version this month using American voices. A quarter of the profits from American sales will go to autism charities.
With video. (Photo from NPR)