Do autistic kids especially like Thomas Tank Engine?


2 Responses to “Do autistic kids especially like Thomas Tank Engine?”

  1. Mrs.Perry says:

    My son is 2, he will be 3 at the end of this month. He too was very recently diagnosed with Autism. He has had an extreme obsession with Thomas. My theory with this obsession is the life like color aspect of the show. The facial expressions on these trains are point blank clear. My son has a difficult time with expressing how he feels. My son does not speak. I disagree with the inability to communicate. He communicates, you just have to learn his ways of communicating. My son will say his ABC’s by flash cards, counts to 20, says his shapes, and then in an instant is back to the trains. He has a certain order he puts them in and I have learned to only associate his feelings by using the sad, happy, scared, and surprised facial expressions. With my son I have used this as a teaching tool to help communicate his feelings. I have made his surrounding Thomas based to keep him comforted. Bedroom, eating utensils, his cups, clothing, tooth brush, toothpaste, bandaids, toys galore, rewards, pictures, clothing, pajamas, swimming gear, shoes, bath time stuff, you name it my son has it. My son will inneract with the DVD mimicking the sounds, he laughs, he smiles, he has even cried when something sad happens. I have even worked it into a method of being able to kiss booboo’s by giving Thomas a kiss when he falls off the table. I have learned that if you find that window to get into your Autistic childs world and he/she lets you in that window, then climb in. Be conistent with it. My son is far from deaf, so I know he is taking in what I am saying. Regardless of his diagnosis he is just like any other toddler. He is a sponge and is sucking in as much information as he can. To say to Thomas every night at bedtime, “I love you Thomas, and I say I love you too Mommy”, and after months of doing this my son SAYS in place of me saying it, “I love you too Mommy”, I know at that moment, deep inside that brilliant mind he wants to let it out. As a parent, I will do whatever it takes to hear him say one day he is happy, sad, mad, or suprised. One day my son will be able to say thank you for the swing set instead of laying on the floor with his trains. Thomas the Train has become another kid in my home and my son is responding to it extremely well. My son says things but its those few things. He will not tell you his desires, dislikes, he will only scream at you when he wants something, when he dislikes something, or even when he is excited. None of this happens over night. It takes time a patience and finding your understanding and the window that you can climb into. Thomas for me has been a blessing and I will do what it takes including painting myself blue with a number 1 on it (lol). Good luck to all of you

  2. Anonymous says:

    My grandson has been diagnosed with autism, he is 5 now. I have just discovered this link with Thomas T E and autism today and I am gobsmacked! James has had a fascination/obsession which is growing daily with Thomas and I can relate to all that is said about how he copies large chunks of dialogue and comments on facial expressions etc. I had no idea other autistic children did the same. He barely plays with anything else and his only other keen interest is in our local church and the Cathedral in our local city?! I have no idea why, we are not religious, he seems fascinated with just running round them? He will spend every waking hour doing it if we let him, that and playing with Thomas. Easy to please huh? Thanks for enlightening me, I have found it very useful reading everyone’s comments. Sandra

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