The Asperger's Difference

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December, 2012

This DVD was designed to help young people with Asperger Syndrome and related disorders to build self-awareness, self-esteem and self-advocacy skills.

The DVD is 30 minutes long and emphasizes the strengths and abilities, personality and humor of a middle school student, a high school student and a young adult in college. They discuss their difficulties with social interaction, communication and organizational skills. Their candid insights into the longing and isolation they feel offer a window into the Asperger’s experience. They discuss how they found out about their diagnosis and why they chose to share or not share that information with others.

The DVD also comes with a guide that offers suggestions to help the viewer understand the video content.

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Asperger's, Autism and Girls

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December, 2012
DVD Author: 
Dr. Tony Attword

This DVD features a lecture by Dr. Tony Attwood on the topic of Asperger’s and girls.

During this 1 hour, 40 minute session, Dr. Attwood discusses the unique presentation of Asperger’s characteristics in females, as discovered through his clinical practice and experiences shared by girls and women with Asperger’s.
The topics covered in his lecture include:

  • paths to diagnosis (including some common misdiagnoses that may occur)
  • the profile of a female with Asperger’s
  • friendships (throughout the lifespan)
  • fashion
  • sexuality
  • relationships

This video is filled with interesting information and is delivered by Dr. Attwood in a way that is engaging and easy to listen to.

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Normal People Scare Me: A film about Autism

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November, 2012
DVD Author: 
Taylor Cross & Keri Bowers

This 90-minute DVD features a lifespan view of autism taken from the perspective of individuals and families living with autism.

Directed by a teenager with Autism, this film takes you through the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of children, teens, and adults on the spectrum.

This DVD may be good for parents of newly diagnosed children who are beginning their journey with Autism, or professionals who would like to improve their understanding of what it means to be Autistic. This video would also be a good conversation starter for support groups, and professionals who are looking to improve their practices with individuals with ASD.

Preview: www.NormalFilms.com for link to preview

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Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome

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October, 2012
DVD Author: 
Dan Coulter, Director

This 16 minute video on tolerance and understanding of students with Asperger Syndrome is directed at typical Elementary school-aged children. The video opens with a description of famous people who are believed to have had AS. It then provides illustrations and descriptions from students themselves of the issues they face. The issues covered range from social-communication difficulties and bullying to special interests and sensory challenges. As well as exploring these issues, this video also celebrates the strengths of children with AS, and provides advice for typical peers on how to be good friends to individuals with AS. This video would be a helpful component of a sensitivity training program, for use by a teacher or a parent.

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Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome

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October, 2012
DVD Author: 
Dan Coulter, Director

This 16 minute video on tolerance and understanding of students with Asperger Syndrome is directed at typical Elementary school-aged children.

The video opens with a description of famous people who are believed to have had AS. It then provides illustrations and descriptions from students themselves of the issues they face.

The issues covered range from social-communication difficulties and bullying to special interests and sensory challenges. As well as exploring these issues, this video also celebrates the strengths of children with AS, and provides advice for typical peers on how to be good friends to individuals with AS.

This video would be a helpful component of a sensitivity training program, for use by a teacher or a parent.

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Autism: The Musical

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September, 2012
DVD Author: 
ducuramafilms

This documentary, known as “The Miracle Project,” follows 5 children with autism over a 6-month period and highlights the struggles and accomplishments of their families. Elaine Hall (acting coach and mother of one of the children) brings the children together with neurotypically developing children to produce an original, full-length musical stage production. The children are encouraged to develop and express their creative talents, explore their emotions and develop self-confidence.

This film aims to “shatter myths about what children with autism can do.”

Autism: The Musical is 1 hour 33-minutes in length and available for purchase through www.amazon.com.

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Autism, The Musical

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August, 2012
DVD Author: 
Tricia Regan, Director

This documentary, known as “The Miracle Project,” follows 5 children with autism over a 6-month period and highlights the struggles and accomplishments of their families. Elaine Hall (acting coach and mother of one of the children) brings the children together with neurotypically developing children to produce an original, full-length musical stage production. The children are encouraged to develop and express their creative talents, explore their emotions and develop self-confidence.

This film aims to “shatter myths about what children with autism can do.”

Autism: The Musical is 1 hour 33-minutes in length and available for purchase through www.amazon.com.

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Autism and Me

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July, 2012
DVD Author: 
Rory Hoy

This award-winning short film and book by Rory Hoy provides an opportunity to learn about autism from the presenter’s perspective: an 18-year old with autism. Rory explains the importance of explicit teaching, for instance, how and when to wave and how to cross roads safely. He provides insight into the importance of routine, difficulties handling change and confusion that can be caused by noise and crowds. Rory wants others to understand the importance of obsessions and personal interests and why they shouldn’t be taken away from a student with autism.

This DVD is 19 minutes and 22 seconds in length.

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Success Strategies for Students with Asperger Syndrome and Autism

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June, 2012
DVD Author: 
Geneva Centre for Autism

This DVD offers sound strategies for helping students with Asperger Syndrome successfully transition to and manage in a high school setting.
It is a training resource that can be used as an orientation to Asperger Syndrome for teachers, educational assistants and other staff. The program can be watched in its entirety or topics selected from a menu, including:
• Introduction (2 minutes)
• Transition Planning (4 minutes)
• Secondary School Success Strategies (30 minutes)
- Assign an Adult as a Safe Supporter
- Establish a Safe Haven
- Self Advocacy and Self-Disclosure
- Detailed Schedules
- Reduced Course Load and Homework
- The Hidden Curriculum
- Academic Accommodations
• Asperger Syndrome, A Primer for Classroom Teachers (6.5 minutes)
• Resources (4 minutes)
- Transition Presentations
- Worry Lists
- Social Scripts

This DVD is available for purchase through AAPC Publishing and www.amazon.ca.

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BBC- My Autism and Me

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May, 2012

Rosie, a 13-year old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, narrated this BBC film, which won “Best Children’s Program” at the 2012 Royal Television Society Awards.

Rosie explains what it’s like to grow up with Asperger’s Syndrome. She introduces us to her younger brother who has classic autism and two other teens with Asperger’s Syndrome. The film provides insights into the lives of young people living with autism. Rosie shows us why it is worth getting to know children with autism, even if they appear a bit different.

Notable quotes:

  • “Living with autism can be hard sometimes, but it makes me who I am.”
  • “I think it gives me my imagination. It also gives me my incredible skill at remembering hundreds of impressive facts.”
  • “Some people might call my obsession with facts a bit boring. I call it focus.”
  • “Tony doesn’t find it easy to socialize but his hobby has helped him to make friends.”
  • “Everyone else is weird. I’m fine.”
  • “Only one in every 6 people with autism, end up with a full-time paid job.”
  • “Just because I’m autistic, doesn’t mean I can’t succeed.”

This 15-minute film was produced by BBC, CBBC Programmes, Newsround. It can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=FeGaffIJvHM

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