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The Exciting New RTEjr Show About Autism Is Here!

On the lookout for the best kids' tv shows to watch, which won’t drive you around the bend? (How do children always decided that their 'favourite' is the one you hate?!)

We at eumom are very excited about new animated series Pablo: The first programme of its kind to star a character with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with an all-autistic core cast.

Produced by Belfast company Paper Owl Films; the series is about five-and-a-half-year-old Pablo, whose magic crayon drawings come to life to help him handle situations which make him feel anxious, like going to the supermarket, or getting a haircut.

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With the help of magical crayons, animated friends (such as Mouse, Llama, and Noasaurus) and a wonderful imagination, are all the tools Pablo needs to ‘turn life’s little challenges into big adventures.’ The characters in Pablo’s imaginary ‘Art World’ reflect aspects of his own personality and of course, his autism.It sounds even better than 90s classic ‘Penny Crayon’ (I was a big fan!)

Each of the 52 episodes of Pablo, are grounded in the real-life experiences of autistic children; with young autistic writers and contributors helping to bring the show’s ideas to life in an honest and humorous way.  As Pauline MacNamara, executive producer RTÉJr explained: “Pablo is funny, authentic and altogether charming and a welcome opportunity for RTÉjr to further exercise our mission to reflect the lives of all of our audiences.

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The live action and 2D animation series, will air on RTEjr and CBeebies from October 2nd … sounds like a perfect escape to watch on those wintery hibernation days which seem to be appearing all too quickly. The perfect segue to some drawing time at home too.

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What are your favourite programmes, and the favourite programmes of your little ones (and how much do they differ?!) Do you think there is enough range of representation in kids tv? We'd love to hear your thoughts.


About the Author

Emily is a Writer, Editor, Blogger, and our new Digital Content Intern. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake; and she still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last eight years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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