Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum

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January, 2019
DVD Author: 
Jessie Coulter, Actor
DVD Author: 
Drew Coulter, Actor
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Dan Coulter, Director
Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum

This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children on the autism spectrum and their parents. Each program covers a range of challenges and strengths of people with ASD and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other.

There are four programs on the DVD:
Program One: Features puppets and explains ASD to siblings who are ages 4 through 7 years. Length: 7 minutes
Program Two: Includes interviews with siblings and narration-for siblings from ages 7 through 12 years. Length: 25 minutes
Program Three: Includes interviews with siblings and narration-for siblings from age 12 years through to adulthood. Length: 27 minutes
Program Four: Includes interviews with parents of children on the autism spectrum and narration-for parents. Length: 35 minutes

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Autism in Love

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December, 2018
DVD Author: 
Matt Fuller, Director

Autism in Love is a documentary showcasing four individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their romantic relationships.

Creators wanted to focus on adults with ASD as there is less documentation on this age group. The documentary demonstrates the challenges and intricacies of romantic relationships for individuals with autism due to deficits in social communication. Overall, the focus on romantic relationships for individuals with ASD showcases the impact this social area has on mental health and quality of life.

If you like updates on the individuals followed in the documentary, you can check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AutismInLove/.

You may download the video from http://www.autisminlove.com/services3

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Mind Reading: The Interactive Guide to Emotions

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November, 2018
DVD Author: 
Simon Baren-cohen

Through the Mind Reading DVD, individuals discover over 400 human emotions. Users can see and hear each emotion portrayed by six people to demonstrate differences within emotional expression.

Although the DVD supports all individuals who require extra instruction in emotional identification, it was designed to provide assistance to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Some individuals with ASD have difficulty interpreting facial cues and voice tone. Through use of the DVD’s and accompanying computer software, students become familiar with emotions and comprehend facial expressions and tone of voice.

An emotions library is provided where students can study 412 different emotions. Each emotion is complemented with six video clips that use various people to demonstrate individual variability within emotional expression. Additionally, audio clips are provided to display various tones of voice. The emotions library can be purchased separately.

The creators of the DVD included a Learning Centre intended for students with ASD. Within the learning centre, lessons and quizzes are available to teach emotions in a systematic way and to test recognition. Level of difficulty can be altered to accommodate age and ability. To help motivate students, a set of rewards are available. Finally, a game centre that focuses on informal learning around emotions is available for students to choose from.

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Model Me Kids

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October, 2018
DVD Author: 
Model Me Kids, LLC

The Model Me Kids video series teaches students a wide variety of social skills through video modeling. Video modeling is an evidence-based intervention for teaching social skills to students with autism and other disabilities. The Model Me Kids video models include children and youth demonstrating appropriate ways to socially interact with one another.

The videos are targeted for students ages 2 to 17 and include topics such as faces and emotions, conversation cues, friendships, etc. Each video has examples of the appropriate skill being demonstrated across several contexts, which helps with generalization for students with autism. The Model Me Kids videos can be shown to students individually or in groups both at home and at school.

You can find Model Me Kids videos at http://www.modelmekids.com/index.html

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Loving Lampposts

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September, 2018
DVD Author: 
Todd Drezner

Loving Lampposts exposes multiple viewpoints regarding autism. The filmmaker opens up the world to look at the emotional journey his family encounters when their son is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Rather than promote fear around the current myths of autism origins, he focuses on the unconditional love for his son and acceptance of who he is.

Given the abundance of non-researched movements used to “cure” a child of autism, Dezner poses the important question, can people love a child with autism without wanting to cure them? Through interviews with parents, adults on the spectrum, and other people he embarks on an emotional journey to answer this question. Movements such as the vaccination myth, dietary changes, supplement therapy, and oxygen therapies are critiqued within the film.

Dezner also examines the adult population, which can be sometimes overlooked as children are in the spotlight for many documentaries. He interviews various adults on the spectrum who disclose difficulties with employment, independent lifestyle, and the daily prejudice they encounter. The general population often wonder about the increase in diagnosed cases throughout the world and Dezner offers suggestions around the reasons behind those numbers.

As a population, we sometimes think that individuals must change to fit into a pre-determined mold set by societal pressures.Loving Lampposts looks at the idea of neuro-diversity where we accept individuals as they are rather than mainstreaming. The documentary emphasises parents who accept their children and how they develop joy in their relationships without altering their kids.

Available through iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.

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Mental Health Rates in Autism

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August, 2018
DVD Author: 
Jonathan Weiss PhD

Jonathan Weiss explores the increased rates of mental health challenges with youth with ASD. He presents information that most of the youth with ASD are experiencing behavioural and/or emotional problems. These statistics are important for families and school staff, because it gives a better understanding to the necessary services needed to help the person with ASD live a more successful and meaningful life.

You can find this video at https://www.actcommunity.ca/education/videos/thriving-in-youth-with-asd/...

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Autism: What we Know (and What We Don’t)

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July, 2018
DVD Author: 
Ted Talks

In this Ted Talk, geneticist Dr. Wendy Chung discusses what is currently known about the causes of autism spectrum disorder. She delves into possible causes of ASD such as genetics and environment by relying on factual evidence. Her presentation includes information gathered by analyzing research and reviewing current “treatments.” A must watch for anyone wanting to know the truth behind his developmental disability.

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Swim Team

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June, 2018
DVD Author: 
Lara Stolman

Swim Team is a documentary following three young athletes with autism as they strive to become champions. On the competitive swim team the Jersey Hammerheads, athletes with autism are treated like typical athletes and challenged like never before. Coming of age and facing exclusion, these boys and their parents struggle to create opportunities in and out of the water and to define identities beyond disability. Swim Team tells a universal story about the self-fulfilling prophecy of high expectations.

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Life, Animated

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May, 2018
DVD Author: 
Roger Ross Williams

Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enhanced by Disney animated films, and the love from his family. Owen, who could not speak for years as a child, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies.

Life, Animated shows the next stage of Owen’s journey as he takes his first steps towards independence.

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Best Kept Secret

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April, 2018
DVD Author: 
Samantha Buck

This documentary follows special education teacher Janet Mino and her group of students in Newark, New Jersey over the course of a school year. These students attend JFK High School, a public school which serves individuals with varying disabilities. Janet’s class is comprised of young men with autism who have been with her for four years and are all graduating. Over the course of the film, viewers follow Janet on her journey locating jobs or sports recreational centres so her students have placements upon graduation.

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