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Breaking through autism

New analysis exhibits that 1 out of 68 youngsters within the U.S. is troubled with some type of autism – up 30 % from two years in the past. Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” brings us the exceptional story of 1 household that found an unlikely key to breaking through to their autistic youngster: the animated characters of Disney films.


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  1. One of the best animated documentaries and stories of all time.

  2. its obviously vaccins…you say it or you shut up

  3. As the mother of a teen on the spectrum, thanks for uploading this. We have been using Affinity Therapy without knowing it has a name. My teen loves YouTubers and fan fiction. It was through both that she battled profound dyslexia and now reads on a 3rd grade level – something I had only ever dreamed of. My Behavior Pathology (focus on DSM 5) class brought me here. #UND

  4. I had an obsession with the Lion King when I was little, and they wanted to limited it as much as possible. But this was back in the old days, before they knew how to treat things like autism properly.

  5. thats vaccins for you…things dont Just happen

  6. The information contained within this ten minute video was powerful and made an impact on my life.  You see how Owens family was at a loss when, at nearly the age of 3, he stopped sleeping, lost eye contact, and then his language stopped.  At that time the only thing they really knew about Autism came from the movie Rain Man.
                Owen had a fascination with Disney movies.  He would sit for hours watching the movies because that is what made him happy.  Then after four years he recited a sentence at his brother’s birthday party from the movie Peter Pan.   All the time spent watching the movies had unlocked something inside of Owen.   Owens dad asked him what it felt like to be him using and talking in the voice of a hand puppet.  Owen told his Dad the following.  “It’s not good.  I’m lonely and I have no friends.”
                I was amazed at the strides that Owen made in his development by watching the Disney movies.  He taught himself to read by the age of 8 by sounding out the movie credits.  He learned to draw the sidekick characters.  He enjoyed these characters because he could relate to them.  I have to wonder what the results would have been had his parents not let him watch those movies?  This just goes to show that their obsession over something may hold the key to unlocking what is inside them. 
                Owen graduated from a school for special needs at the age of 23.  The movies helped him with the ways of life and how to live.  He learned that it was ok to try new things out in the world.  When it came to relationships Owen said that Beauty and the Beast helped him.  Owen was the frontrunner of starting a Disney club in order to find people that were like him.   People that could talk about how they relate to the Disney characters.  This step gave him the courage to be a leader, especially among his peers.       
                There was also another child named Parker that had an obsession over animals.  His love of animals was used in therapy to help him become interested in other people.  This is where Affinity Therapy comes into play.  They take their obsession and make it central to their social world. 
                This short clip and the examples they used of two children with different obsessions was very eye opening.  I never really knew how important to them that their obsessions, or as I like to say, fixations, are to them in their everyday life.  I have learned that it is important to take into consideration, when planning their academic needs, that we look very closely at what they enjoy doing.  I am amazed that we can take their fixations and make it central to their social world.  We need to watch their reactions to the task they are embarking upon that is enjoyable to them.  We could integrate the fixations into their IEP’s or other programming.  We have to be careful and not focus all of their goals and objectives on tasks that are not favorable to them.  If we take these things away from them who knows what may happen to any progress or potential gains in their lives.
                I look forward to using the fixations of future students as a way to bridge their understanding of the world around them.  I want to utilize their likes into favorable goals and objectives that are unique to them.  I want to open up their world to greater understanding. We need to take those fixations and as use them as motivators.  They would make a great means of redirection.  Using their interests in class discussions would also be a way to peak their desire to learn more and get them interested in participating somewhat with their peers.  As they become older we need to help them focus on a career rather than on just academics.  We must all remember that they are individuals who want to be a part of the world around them.  We, as educators, need to be a part of unlocking their world and showing them the way.

  7. GillyWhitfootHaysend

    I read this book and it was very, very good.

  8. I created a new detox and nutrition protocol that greatly reduced the symptoms of autism in my son. Take a look.

  9. I have autism

  10. What a lovely video

  11. 4:50 Are they going to help me find my place in The World? and 7:50
    Movies generally don't say so and so did something for such and such reasons and whether it was good or bad.  The events of the movie play out and the viewer decides whether what they did was right or wrong, and what the viewer themselves would do in such circumstances.  Disney movies especially, since they take place in all sorts or time periods and locations, and the long musical sequences give the viewer plenty of time to decide for his or herself what he or she would do.  Basically every event, and every statement a character makes is an opportunity for the viewer to make a decision from which he or she will derive their distinct, individual identity.
    9:40 A diamond in the rough
    Disney movies are all positive and uplifting.  Anyone who wants to hurt, harm or destroy any other individual will seem like a sociopath in the eyes of someone who grew up watching them.  The movies are all about following your dreams, doing your best and helping those in need; to do otherwise would be seen as absurd.

  12. Wonderful story!!

  13. Wow. I was the supervising animator for "Iago" and "Cogsworth" in Disney's ALADDIN and BEAUTY & THE BEAST and worked on several other of the films shown here. It is startling to see the work my crew and I drew and animated 20+ years ago show up in this surprising context. I feel happy and honored to have been part of a legacy that touched Owen's life and the lives of others like him. For whatever it's worth Owen might be glad to know that the generation of Disney characters from the prior generation of animators helped me get through some tough times as a kid too. Thanks for sharing this story. 

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