Carina Morillo: To understand Autism, don’t look away

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May, 2019
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TEDX

Carina is a mother of a child diagnosed with ASD. She describes the struggles she felt when her child was losing his language and ability to maintain eye contact. Carina realized once she started engaging with her son in his preferred activities, she felt real connections, and began building his joint attention skills. She also did this by connecting with her son using pictures.

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Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

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April, 2019
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TED Talks

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. However, Ami Klin and his colleague Warren Jones have developed eye tracking technology to diagnose individuals at an earlier age. This Ted Talk, delivered by Klin, gives insight to the development of their technology.

Please note: current ASD rate are now 1 in 68

You can find it here: https://www.ted.com/talks/ami_klin_a_new_way_to_diagnose_autism

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The Invisible Wall: Autism

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March, 2019
DVD Author: 
Stephen Eder

This 50-minute documentary provides a “good, bad, and ugly” presentation of Autism. Some segments, particularly in the beginning of the film, give a bleak view of the lives of children with Autism and their families. In other segments, the talents of people with Autism are presented. Another segment shows how, with appropriate supports, adults with Autism have come to lead full and meaningful adult lives, and so the film also provides a hopeful view of Autism, as well

While some of the information in this DVD would be considered outdated, It does provide a general overview of some of the brain differences related to Autism, and some of the research that was occurring at the time of the documentary (and still continues now).

The film features some familiar faces in the field including Ivar Lovaas, Temple Grandin and Eric Courchesne.

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A Mile in his Shoes

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February, 2019
DVD Author: 
William Dear, Director

Based on a novel, this story takes place in Ohio during 1948. A young boy named Mickey, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, is asked to play for a semi-professional baseball team after a coach discovers his pitching talent. Mickey is torn whether he should stay to help the family farm or leave with the coach to play baseball. The film shadows Mickey through his transformation and growth into a young man who makes his own decisions and his influence on the other team members.

The film accurately depicts a person on the higher end of the autism spectrum. Mickey has difficulty with pragmatic language, has a keen interest in mathematics and numbers, does not accept change to routines, and experiences sensitivity to loud noises.

Overall, the film does a good job portraying the autism spectrum. It is remarkable to watch how Mickey perceives and interacts with the world. Also, it is encouraging that his team, coaches, and family finally accept and celebrate his differences at the end of the film.

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Model Me Kids

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January, 2019
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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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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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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