The award winning animated children’s series from CBeebies featuring the voice of David Tennant is at last coming to the USA. The series premières on Monday 22nd April on PBS Sprout.
Tree Fu Tom is about the amazing adventures of a young boy called Tom who, with the power of ‘movement magic’ called ‘Tree Fu’, can transform into a tiny but mighty magical super hero and travel to a wondrous enchanted kingdom called Treetopolis that exists in a tree in his back garden.
The series features exercises that have been specially developed to promote movement and co-ordination development in children with dyspraxia and similar conditions.
Turn the magic on with Tree Fu Tom premièring April 22nd, only on Sprout.
Some of the characters from the show have been revoiced for an America audience: significantly the voice of Sophie Aldred as tiny superhero Tom has been replaced by that of a local actor. However, David Tennant still voices the character of Twigs the mischievous acorn sprite.
Visit the Sprout website for clips and more information
Watch Tree Fu Tom on weekdays at 8.09am and 11am ET from Monday 22nd April (check your regular cable or satellite provider for local details)
Dyspraxia is a disorder in fine motor skill development that affects one in ten people. Often, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but something is different. For some, simple tasks like handling a fork and knife are challenging. Walking, skipping or catching a ball are difficult. For others, more complex motor skills like writing or typing leave a person frustrated, dejected. While Dyspraxia is a life-long disorder, there is hope. The Dyspraxia Foundation USA is committed to being the source for the latest information and research, a social community for those interested in Dyspraxia and sharing their stories, and a public relations center dedicated to building awareness and acceptance.
In her book, I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter's Special Journey, Michele Gianetti writes about her special needs daughter Elizabeth. The book describes their mother-daughter odyssey dealing with Elizabeth's dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder.
“I was having a hard time at school, in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent.” Radcliffe also suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental disorder affecting motor skills, and he still has trouble tying his shoes. “I sometimes think, why, oh why, has Velcro not taken off?” He says.