A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show encourages kids' emotional awareness and exposes them to the challenges posed by autism.
Kids see Pablo process complicated emotions through his artwork. As he visits his friends in Art World, they help him get to the root of what bothers him about the day's social situations and find ways to cope that work for him. The stories are based on real-world experiences of children with autism.
Positive Role Models
Pablo's mother is patient and gentle with him. Pablo is willing to try new experiences once he feels comfortable in his coping mechanisms.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pablo is a show about a character who's on the autism spectrum and the creative ways he copes with the challenges that new situations pose for him. The series uses a mix of live-action and animated sequences to differentiate between Pablo's real-life experiences and those that take place in a world of his imagination, where his animal friends help him process his complex emotions and find the courage to face the unknown. Featuring a core cast of actors with autism and using real-life experiences of kids and adults on the autism spectrum as its inspiration, this series is an excellent tool for helping kids on the spectrum identify their own emotions. It also offers a unique glimpse into the effects of autism for viewers without firsthand experience.
Is It Any Good?
The only disappointment concerning this thoughtful series is how long it took for someone to create it. It's an illustrative journey into some of the challenges of autism, gently presented in Pablo's animated friends. Each one exhibits a characteristic often associated with the autism spectrum, including excitability, sensitivity to sound, aversion to change, detail orientation, and repetition. When Pablo brings his concern to his friends in Art World, their respective reactions reflect the myriad of emotions he contends with, and they help him make sense of what he's feeling so he can step out into the world.
Pablo takes great care to remain authentic in the spirit of this unique series, casting actors and actresses who are on the autism spectrum and using real-life experiences of children and adults with autism to create each episode. Every detail is carefully crafted and full of purpose, and the end result is a series that's engaging and educational, and an ambassador of awareness for differences.
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