Great TV Shows For Autistic Children

Great TV Shows For Autistic Children

For every parent, one question is often asked, and that question is: “Which TV shows are suitable for my child?” While of course, the answer depends a lot on your child’s age, interests and those of the parent, when it comes to autistic children and children with other special needs, choosing a TV show that suits them, but is also fun and educational can seem like a real challenge.

However, if you’re looking for suitable DVD box sets for your child, there may be more options out there than you think. So which shows cater towards younger ones with autism or learning difficulties? Here is a quick selection of some of the best TV shows for kids we have discovered in the last few years.


Dora The Explorer

Probably one of the most famous cartoons in the world, Dora The Explorer not only has great storylines, but also computerised arrows that draw attention to the most important aspects of the plot, making it easy to follow and understand.

Charlie and Lola

A British production, this wonderful little cartoon follows the lives of the fictional eponymous siblings, Charlie and Lola dealing with relatable and universal storylines, such as haircuts, making friends and losing a tooth. Additionally, Charlie and Lola is also a unique mix of classic animation and photo realistic backgrounds, which makes it rather beautiful and visually stimulating for children with autism.

Special Agent Oso

If you have the Disney Jr channel, then you’re probably familiar with Special Agent Oso, a spy-themed educational show, which helps children solve various challenges by breaking them down in bite-size chunks and simple steps. This is a great idea for children on the autistic spectrum that have difficulty remembering how to break things down, and the show’s distinctive “3 Special Steps” song serves as a reminder for children who have problems with transitioning.

While the choice of TV shows can be a little overwhelming to parents, there are a number of great shows that are incredibly well-designed and helpful for children with special needs. So, this year, why not look at investing in some DVD Box sets and experimenting with different programming to help find your child a show that is fun and educational and above all, feels like it was made just for them?


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