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Jul202015

Entering someone's world to connect with them

life, animatedAfter receiving an e-mail from the Asperger Association of New England (AANE) announcing Ron Suskind as the keynote speaker for this year's Daniel W. Rosenn Annual AANE Connections Conference, I decided to read his book, "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism." 

Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer prize winner, is an excellent writer, but what makes his book so captivating is that it chronicles the life of a family raising a child diagnosed regressive autism, a term describing a case in which a child shows typical development until there is a loss of acquired skills and a diagnosis of autism is made. Ron Suskind's son, Owen, has autism and enjoys watching Disney animated movies. Taking advantage of his son’s interests, Ron began communicating with his son through dialogues taken from Disney movies. Here is a link to an amazing video by Roger Ross Williams. It shows Ron Suskind interacting with his son, Owen. http://ronsuskind.com/

 

-NRZ

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