dvds for austistic three year olds

Tammy - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Im looking for some different dvds for my son to watch. He likes Thomas but i think we have seen them all anything else tends to need to be visual or he looses interest. Has anyone got any ideas on anything different i can get him?????

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My son went through phases and seems to really like a certain level of predictability in a show. First was Little Einsteins, followed by Max and Ruby, then Word World etc. I have been very careful about the silliness level in a show and never violence, because he really seems to absorb the characters and even reenacts scenes. He is 5 now and loves Snow White mostly for the seven Dwarfs. He loves to count then over and over and lines up his toys pretending they are the Dwarfs! Just try a variety of shows, and keep in mind that it might be very 'real' to your little guy!

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Lynn - posted on 05/05/2010

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Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs are awesome! They are children's books turned into animation. They come with subtitles, too. The best one is the 100 stories set. It has stories like Curious George Rides a Bike, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Harry the Dirty Dog, and Harold and the Puple Crayon... too many great shows to mention. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Storybook...

Erica - posted on 05/05/2010

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my four year old loves The Wonder Pets, Dora, GO Diego Go , Backyardagains and Blue's Clues

Dianne - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have 2 little guys on the spectrum. Maxx (4) and Daulton (3 at end of May). They both love CARS (I haven't heard of a kid on the spectrum who doesn't), they also absolutely love Signing Time and Baby Signing Time Series. They love to try to sign all the different signs in each dvd. I got alot of them from my local library. My guys like Wall-E, Toy Sory 1&2, Harry Potter, Ice Age (all 3), Bolt, and of course Finding Nemo. I read recently that CARS 2 is also in the works (thank goodness... i think i've watched the original about a 1,000 times, lmao). My boys love anything to do with animals as well. The little guy loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse also. Hope these ideas help ya.

Dawn - posted on 05/03/2010

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my son in addition to Thomas like yo gabba gabba, Clifford, curious George, little bear, wiggles, blues clues (the older ones with Steve are preferred) and most disney videos. He also loves the polar express (trains obviously) movie that starred Tom hanks.

Sherry - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son is 4 and he too loves Thomas. We too have seen ALL of them. Drives my daughter crazy. I take him to the video store and let him look at the kids movies and let him pick one out. He always goes to the Thomas' so I tell him he can rent one but also has to pick out another one to watch. This sometimes works. He also likes the Cars movie. (old likes were Sponge Bob, Finding Nemo, and Shark Tales) He also liked The potty training movie with Elmo. Good luck. We still watch Thomas.

Tami - posted on 05/02/2010

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My son loved Thoms and at 7 yrs still does but he has always liked videos. When he was an infant he was all about Veggie Tales. I used this to my advantage to teach him language and social skills. Some excellent educational videos for language development are Baby Bumblebee and Brainy Baby which I check out from the local library. Another excellent series for social communication are "Watch Me Learn" videso. Those taught my son how to pump his legs to swing, play duck, duck, goose, hide and seek, etc. They are very good and done by a mom who also has a son with autism.

Nori - posted on 04/26/2010

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My grandson loved Veggietales, at 7 he still watches them occaisonally. Gummibear music videos are his fave now. Have you tried letting him watch videos online to see what catches his interest, Zacbrowser.com has many to chose from.

Latisha - posted on 04/26/2010

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my Austistic son loves thomas but he just got a movie Robots i think is the name (or thats what he calls it) we watch that about 30 times a day :( he likes shrek to

Stacey - posted on 04/24/2010

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My 3 y/o son loves Thomas, but he hardly watches the DVDs anymore, we have bought him 2 Educational DVDs for speech development from our local toy store and 4 DVDs from "teach to talk" by Jenny McCarthy (please tell me you know Jenny McCarthy. If not, she is an actress turned Author with a young son who has Autism. She has written 3 books on Autism, very good reads and has a range of DVDs for Autism) My son loves these and watches them all the time. Not only have they taught him some words and noises, but they have also taught him some imaginary play. So check out www.teach2talk.com.au (something like that) and there is also another range of DVDs for Autism online, www.babybumblebee.com (something like that).

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At 3, my son liked Little Einsteins and the Your Baby Can Read series. The former was great because music is a whole-brain activity. As an added bonus, he was more than ready to start piano lessons after watching the shows so many times. We got the latter series in hope that seeing the words and having the narrator prompt him to say them would increase his expressive language skills (he was already reading at that point) and it worked well for him.

In general, I have seen it suggested that tv time should be limited, but that shows with plain backgrounds and less camera angle changes are best. Those might be shows similar to Kipper or Calliou.

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2010

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yes my daughter whos 6 loves mr tumble something special its on cbeebies or u can buy it on ebay its done 4 kids with asd my daughter loves it and so does my son whos only 21mths old and does Makaton signs which my daughter uses and learning new 1s tks 2 mr tumble

Sharon - posted on 04/24/2010

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We have 3 children on the autism spectrum - the younger two, now 10 and 12 but still developmentally preschoolers, have always watched Blue's Clues, Toy Story, Baby Genius series, Baby Einstein series, Baby Bumblebee, Talking Hands is an awesome beginning sign language and a few others. They memorize the language by watching them over and over.

Elisabeth - posted on 04/23/2010

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Spongebob Square Pants, and Go Deigo Go. My autistic son loves them. He loves any movie.

Marsha - posted on 04/23/2010

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my kiddo is almost 4. Apart from Thomas, he liked the 1st season of Backyardigans, Bob the Builder, Cars (though he didn't necessarily watch it all in one sitting...he especially liked the race sequences), grew into Little Einsteins, and now likes Barney. He liked some Clifford for awhile too. I found it helpful to just borrow some different things from the library to try. Mine seems to love music, and he even liked to watch 10-15 minutes of a Raffi concert video for awhile. Hope the ideas help. I've been meaning to check out signingtimes.com too...someone shared with me that those are good videos for kiddos who need to work on communication. best wishes.

Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son has Autism as well and at that age he loved Finding Nemo b/c of the bright colors and vivid imagery. The only problem I found with my son is that, due to his Autism, he didn't transition well to other movies.

Robin - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son enjoyed Bob the Builder as much as he liked Thomas. He also liked the puppet Dr. Suess shows - we borrowed them from the library and video store - the Wubbulous World of Dr. Suess I think they are called. Polka Dot Shorts and the Big Comfy Couch also held his interest - didn't do much for his dad and me - but they were great for him. Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 04/22/2010

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I have found the movies Cars and Wall-E excellent. My son never sits still but these two movies he sits for a while. He is right into Thomas as well and he seems to really enjoy it. I have also found Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Chuggington (another train show) and Word World excellent. Good luck

Glory - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son loves the Boohbah videos, and Wall-E as well. I think he likes Wall-E because there is not a lot of dialog, and Boohbah has lots of color and music.

Tracey - posted on 04/22/2010

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Camebridge University made a dvd called The Transporters for autistics which was a lot of trains showing emotions on their faces. Try Ebay as I don't think it was ever in the shops. We had to apply to the University to get a copy and that was over a year ago.

Becky - posted on 04/22/2010

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It will depend on what your son focuses on, and if he has auditory issues or not. My son really enjoyed Curious George (PBS) and he loves Veggie Tales because of the colors and songs. As he has gotten older (now 4 1/2) he is starting to branch out - he knows his alphabet so shows like Word World and Super Why are great ways to keep his attention. He also cycles through shows he likes, usually a few months at a time before he loses interest and moves on. He loved Handy Manny for a while, as well as Spongebob Squarepants. Little Einsteins (NOT Baby Einstein) is also good - teaches lessons with classical music and art as the basis for the story. His current favorite movie (after a 6-month hiatus) is Cars - SUCH a great movie!!! My advice is to try a few until you figure out which aspects of the shows he likes best, and go from there. For us it is bright colors and music. Good luck! :)

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son loves the Baby Bumblebee series (www.babybumblebee.com) and they are specifically designed to encourage communication. Because they use real kids, Billy is fascinated. They teach concepts like "Question Words" and have a whole series of "Vocabulary Builder" DVDs.

Also, he can't get enough of Baby Signing Time and the movie "Cars!"

Hope this helps ...
Amanda
Blogging for Billy at www.AmandaBroadfoot.com

Joanna - posted on 04/21/2010

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I found that my son seems to be more "zony" after watching Baby Einsteins at age 3. We've hidden them all away because they don't activate anything intelligent from him, just make him more stimmy (the squawking, non-verbal puppets and spinning toys bring those qualities out in him!). Barney (yes, Barney, I swore I would never introduce my child to him) is good because they have lessons via songs so my sone gets engaged and recreates or uses them later- such as the "Clean Up" song which I can sing and he'll actually clean up after himself, or coloring shapes takes him to his paints on his easel, etc. Also I bought the Your Baby Can Read set and he can actually read since age 2! And then there are the Baby Babbles made by 2 speech pathologists that are great except that they also have a lot of stimmy items (spinning toys, flashing lights, etc) that mean he will get really into those parts which mean he goes more into 'his world' so I limit them now but were great a year ago. It's basically like having speech therapy in your home.

Now he's actually watching full movies such as Toy Story 1&2, Finding Nemo, etc. It's so nice to have him that focused for a good length of time on a video with a plot. And we always put the subtitles on so that he can see the words to help with his reading.

Julie - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son loved the Baby Einstein movies when he was three. I would use them to help him calm down before bed. There is also "Little Einsteins" for preschoolers. He was not overstimulated by them, but he doesn't have as much of a sensory problem as a lot of autistic kids. Now he loves Pixar movies (especially the Pixar Shorts) and just about anything on Nick Jr. I don't know if your son likes music or not, but sing-a-long videos are also a big hit with my son.

Victoria - posted on 04/21/2010

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My little guy loves animal videos, realistic and cartoon., curious george, Alvin & chipmunks (old style ones), Jungle book, Dumbo. Horton - Dr. Suess, Toy Story. He really likes the older version...not the new redone movies. Another one he really likes was a Mickey Mouse box set - in it are the stories of 3 little pigs, tortoise and hare, reluctant dragon, etc.).

Carrie - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son loves Thomas as well but recently I discovered Mr Tumble, its a programme that focuses on Makaton Sign Lanuage he loved these DVDs We use to rely on Makaton for Carter to communicate but he is much more verbal now. He is 3 now in may.

Renee - posted on 04/20/2010

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Baby Einstein DVDs were a mixed bag for us at that age. There were some that my son really loved and a couple (like one with a lobster lurking around) where he lost it completely. They are extremely visual so that would stimulate his visual senses. They are also auditory but the songs overstimulated my son so I would mute the sound and he would just watch. If he can take both visual and auditory it's all good. Yes the Wiggles were great and my son would sometimes join in the dancing. I hate to admit this but my son has always loved Spongebob and still does (he's 8 now). The one thing about Spongebob is that he is so expressive and that really appeals to my son. He just can't take the crying and he often cries in response to Spongebob crying.

Good luck.

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At one time my little guy absolutely adored The Wiggles....I don't know if you are familiar with them, but them are a musical group from Australia. He especially loved their concert videos. Their Wiggly Safari with Steve Irwin was another huge hit.

He also loved Toopi and Beanoo from Treehouse, Max and Ruby, Caillou, and The Big Comfy Couch (until they started to sing). He never liked anything with big emotions, so most Disney movies are out. Soft, simple predictable plotlines were and still are big with my guy!

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