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
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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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In the key of genius

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March, 2018
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TEDX

Derek Paravicini was born blind and diagnosed with ASD. He began playing the piano at a young age with his teacher, Adam Ockelford. This inspirational story focuses on Derek’s talents, and how music helped connect him to others. He is now a professional pianist and performs at concerts.

https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key...

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Job Searching on the Spectrum

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March, 2018
DVD Author: 
9th Planet

Last month, we featured 9th Planet Autism Social Skills Videos targeting social skills such as greeting others, maintaining eye contact and personal space, using the phone, and responding to what others say in conversation.

This month, we are happy to share with you a recent addition to the 9th Planet website, namely the Job Searching on the Spectrum social skills course. This resource focuses specifically on skills needed to find and keep a job and includes 6 brief videos about finding friends, making small talk, planning a job search, finding job opportunities, completing an information interview, and working with a mentor. Each video comes with a lesson plan as well as a guide for using online resources for finding employment opportunities. As in the 9th Planet video models, the videos present each topic in an engaging and humorous manner and feature a character relatable to young adults.
This video set is available by order directly through the 9th Planet website and can be shipped as DVD or downloaded directly onto your computer.
Link to resource: http://www.9thplanet.org/learnmore/spectrum.html

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Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

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February, 2018
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TEDX

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. The diagnosis of ASD has relied on measures delivered by trained psychologists and clinicians; no blood or medical test currently exists. Steve Silberman explores the history of autism and why the rate of prevalence is increasing.
https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_silberman_the_forgotten_history_of_autis...

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How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s

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December, 2017
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TED

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. To date, there are more boys diagnosed with ASD than girls.

In this TED, Alix Generous describes her life with Asperger’s in a humorous way and the challenges it brought her in the school setting. This impactful video demonstrates the complexities of ASD, and to be mindful of these differences and how they can affect communication.

Alix describes ASD as a challenge but also a gift that allows her to think innovatively which ultimately helped her become a successful business woman.

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Atypical

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October, 2017
DVD Author: 
Seth Gordon

Atypical is a comedy that follows Sam, a teenager with ASD, who decides he is ready for a girlfriend despite his struggles with social interaction. The series depicts a family’s efforts to cope with their son’s diagnosis, and his quest for independence.
This would be helpful for families who have teenagers with ASD. Although the family dynamic issues may be hard to watch, they provide a realistic representation of some common themes. Some of the content may not be suitable for all children, and viewer discretion is advised.

Find it on Netflix.

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