Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1 on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism. As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.
Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. (more…)