I have great news!
I've been in touch recently with a Senior Director at Ragdoll Productions, the producers of Teletubbies - and Bud will soon be receiving a response to his letter to "the guys."
He is going to be thrilled right down to his toes!
I've also had a wonderful e-mail conversation with the woman from Ragdoll about their new partnership with Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now and about the role that the Teletubbies have played - and continue to play - in Bud's life. She passed on a link to Understanding Teletubbies, a terrific video for parents that walks through an episode of Teletubbies, spotlighting and explaining the ways that the program is very intentionally designed and structured to address the developmental tasks that typical two- and three-year-old children face. What was most interesting to me, though, was that many of the developmental tasks highlighted in the video are precisely the same ones that are challenging for Bud: making transitions, shifting attention, making predictions, managing change. And on and on and on.
I always new that the Teletubbies were good for Bud's heart and Bud's spirit. But I'd never considered before that they are also good for his development.
There's a blog post about it brewing in my head that has not quite gelled enough to make it into words. But it will. It will.
In the meantime, I will just say this to the Teletubbies and everyone else at Ragdoll: