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September 2008 file photo of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen photographed in the Great Court at Trinity College, Cambridge England. For the past three years, Professor Baron-Cohen has been working on a cartoon series that new research shows is dramatically effective in helping children with autism understand and recognise emotions. The DVD 'The Transporters' goes on sale in United States on January 12.
London - It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like.
Jenny, a green tram with a human face, had a furrowed brow when her wheel buckled and she got stuck on a track. But after being rescued by friends, she smiled broadly - and that's when something clicked for little Jude Baines.
"It was revelatory," his mother, Caron Freeborn told AP Television News in Cambridge, England. Before watching the video, Jude didn't understand what emotions were and never noticed the expressions on people's faces, even those of his parents or younger brother.
Jenny's adventures are part of a DVD for autistic children released this week in the United States called The Transporters.
The DVD teaches autistic children how to recognize emotions like happiness, anger and sadness through the exploits of vehicles including a train, a ferry, and a cable car.