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This movie isn't exactly representative of the "spectrum"
on June 17, 2012
As a father of a 4-year-old who is autistic, this video for me was kind of hard to watch. Why? Because the sample children weren't exactly representative of my son. He doesn't speak, but knows what I am saying because he goes to a special autism school set up by the school district, and because my wife and I work with him everyday in addition to taking him to extra speech therapy in an attempt to get speech going. Sometimes verbal doesn't show up as fast as other kids, it may not show up at all, but there is a person in there. This movie only picked the kids as examples who could already speak. What about the children who don't have the physical speech yet, and communicate in other ways like sign language, or speech aids like ipads to make them less frustrated because they can actually interact with the world? This movie openly dismissed those modes of communication outright as inferior, or as one of the parents put it in the film, "a form of babysitting", which I found kind of disturbing. Also, the film was really focused on IQ numbers as a form of "recovery". I work with plenty of non-autistic people who have really high IQ's, and they are idiots. Not really a good measure to simply base normalcy on IQ scores.