A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism
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Narrated by Oscar winner Kate Winslet and directed by Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, this inspiring film follows one woman's quest unlock her autistic son's mind. </P>
Margret, whose ten-year-old son Keli is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help her son. Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting scientists and other experts, as well as other families touched by autism. The stakes could not be higher: one in 110 children is diagnosed with autism every year, with boys outnumbering girls four to one.
While she holds no unrealistic expectations, Margret worries that Keli may never be self-sufficient or express himself normally. In her journey, she learns how the brains of autistic children differ from "normal" children and discovers new techniques that could offer a promising future for children with autism, including her son. She also connects with families of autistic children, who share stories of their efforts to help their kids interact with the world around them. Many of their accounts echo her own struggles, including the endless doctor visits and experiments with different treatments, the complication of doing everyday tasks, and the inability to communicate with their children -perhaps the most painful and frustrating aspect of autism.
But as she comes across innovative new therapies that might break down the wall of autism, Margret finds hope that her son may be able to communicate on a level she never thought possible.
Among the experts and advocates Margret encounters are:
-Dr. Temple Grandin, best-selling author and autism advocate, recently the subject of an HBO Film starring Clare Danes</P>
-Dr. David G. Amaral, research director, MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute
-Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, director, Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
-Dr. Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer, Autism Speaks;
-Soma Mukhopadhyay, who developed the Rapid Prompting Method to teach her autistic son Tito, now a published author
-Portia Iverson and Jonathan Shestack, parents of an autistic child and founders of Cure Autism Now.
Top Customer Reviews
The two core elements of this film that resonated with me are the varied treatments, as well as the many cases of autism, that are depicted. As the father of a son diagnosed with autism, although I have met quite a few children with autism through the networks that our family has taken part, because the autism spectrum is so vast it is always helpful to see other cases and the approaches that other caregivers have taken for their children. We have our own journey, and getting glimpses of the journeys of others, whether it be through the media or through personal experience, is always helpful despite the considerable research that our family performs on behalf of our son.
Although this is a documentary, in my opinion the care the producers took to make this film is akin to another recent HBO film, "Temple Grandin". Along with other professionals, the famous autistic woman Dr. Temple Grandin makes several appearances throughout this film, and provides additional insight reminiscent to what she provided in the extras to "The Horse Boy" (see my review).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An incredible story of a mother's love and dedication to finding help for her son. Just because someone is nonverbal does not mean they are intellectually disabled. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie. Very uplifting and I would highly recommend watching it!Published 9 months ago by Lolita Quinn
I highly recommend this video to anyone involved with ASD children in any capacity. It is truly a very enlightening, insightful and valuable resource. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda Biilings
If you just received an ASD diagnosis in your family, then watch this film. I learned a lot from this enjoyable film, as did my wife. I am a doctor & she is a HS grad. Read morePublished 20 months ago by DR DEADPOOL
I learned so much about my non verbal grandson. Thank you for making this DVD.Published on July 16, 2014 by mousemacphee
This film uncritically advocates Soma Mukhopadhyay's Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), which is a modern reboot of Facilitated Communication. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Tova Brown
I enjoyed this documentary very much, but there were 2 things in particular that lower the rating for me.
1. I agree that there was too much focus on RPM. Read more
As a mother of an Austistic son I was very impressed at this movie. For children who are non-vocal this is especially frustrating as a parent. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by dardo