(8% indicates the eReader book location, instead of page reference numbers).
8% Thomas the Tank Engine has taken over his mind. But he is especially fanatical about James, the red engine. He has several Thomas movies we rotate. I feel a pang of guilt each time I let him watch one, but sometimes it’s the only way I can get anything done. I think it’s probably just a phase.
9% Mom turns and watches Clay. “Leeann, he doesn’t seem to even notice we’re here.” I swallow. My throat sticks. I swallow again. I know he’s different.
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For children with autism, the character, Thomas the Train and Friends, is extremely popular. Some say it’s because the story line is so predictable and rhythmic. While others believe that the character’s emotions, while difficult to ‘read’ for children with autism, are easily ‘read’ on the ‘train character’s’ faces. If the child ‘perseverates’ on the Thomas character, exclusively without being entertained by other childhood favorites, as most children are; then that may be a concern.
Children with autism are often attracted to objects arranged in lines, such as cars and trains. Some parents report first words as being an echoing of lines from the DVD. “Stop, the signal is up!” “Apply the brakes!” These are also common phrases heard from children with autism who engage in Echolalic speech.
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