Sunday, April 29, 2007

Time for Teletubbies!

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:

Big Hug!

14 comments:

Phoebe Gleeson said...

Sounds like the Teletubbies love Bud very much, indeed.

Niffercoo said...

That is so wonderful for Bud!

Reece is 5 and was 3 and 6 years younger than her siblings when she was born, so she missed the Teletubbies period in our house. Out of curiosity after reading about how much Bud enjoys Teletubbies, I turned it on for her one day last week and she watched it. When it was over, I stood next to her waiting for a reaction (she stood the entire time she watched it), and she said, "That was wunnerful!"

I'm glad to know that it's not just fun for her to watch, but 'good' for her development! Thanks for the information!

kristina said...

Hope you will share the letter!

Frog's mom said...

How Cool. I'm so excited for Bud! I'll be watching for your post about his reaction.

neil said...

To cool! M also loved the Teletubbies, though she has moved on now. Her affections lie with Stephanie from Lazy Town, The Upside Down Show, which she watches upside down so they appear the right way up, and Dora, The Explorer who is teaching her Spanish.

Drama Mama said...

Ah, I have a soft spot for the 'Tubs. No one else in my house shares my affinity. I always knew there were subliminal messages in those bellies. Just glad that they are the right ones.
Good on them for making good for us.

lizziehoop said...

I will always remember the tubbies fondly but I am glad they have left our home. My son used to tell us that the tubbies were always making 'tummy' custard which was a tad disgusting but always made me laugh my fool head off.

Anonymous said...

Strange...since you've had such harsh things to say about Autism Speaks in the past and now you seem to be promoting them.

MOM-NOS said...

Promoting them? How so?

I wrote that we've had a good conversation. I didn't say that I'm enthusiastic about the partnership.

Anonymous said...

That's not the way it came across.

MOM-NOS said...

Then I'm glad I've had a chance to clarify. Thanks!

Susan said...

Hi there. I am so glad you wrote this, and would be interested to find that video. My son is also a huge Tubbies fan (he's not quite 4) and has a special affinity for Po. But while I knew that the Tubbies were supposed to be developmentally helpful in some vague way, they always struck me more as a TV version of the lava lamp. I don't know if Isaac will still be so in love with Tubbies when he's older, but it's good to know that, if so, we're in good company :-). Cheers to Bud and you, and by the way your recent post on Bud's love for underwriting announcements was just so loving and charming, and so perfectly captured the dark comedy of it all. (Susan, www.familyroomblog.com)

MOM-NOS said...

Susan, if you click on the words "Understanding Teletubbies" in the post, it will lead you to the video.

Mrs. Brown said...

my son angus also is enamored with the teletubbies and a while back a friend sent me a link to that video. i was so happy to have the program "decoded" for me, but my son knew what was happening all along. the show really resonates with kids with sensory integration dysfunction and kids on the autistic spectrum, helping them adjust to a world that doen't seem to "get" them. (i tend to think that the windmill was specificly put into the show for the benefit of children on the autistic sepectrum) i will forever hold tinky, dipsy, laa laa and po close to my heart for being such good friends to my little boy who has such a hard time relating to other "real" kids.