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Jaydog1212
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12 Aug 2009, 6:55 pm

Is there a good video Aspergers documentary online? I would like to bookmark one that I could possibly send to my grandma. I think it would be easier to digest the information for her rather than a Wikipedia article. Did the Discovery Channel, Science Channel or Health Channel come out with anything?

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12 Aug 2009, 10:44 pm

Discovery/Science channel has done several documentaries about Autism, Aspergers and savants. Daniel Tammet is a mathematical savant and knows 11 languages. He wrote book about his life called Born on a Blue Day. You should google him along, with Matt Savage a Jazz Pianist savant, who has also been on Discovery channel.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss[/youtube]


Discovery Health Channel, has a documentary about a family in Utah with all six children with various forms of autism. The Kirton Family is one of the largest families in the world with all children on the autism spectrum. www.autismbites.com/ The show is called Autism X6.

I found another one about a boy in the UK.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_PBVxGEEY4[/youtube]

HBO did a documentary about a group of kids with autism and their parents who did a musical called "Autism the Musical". It is now available on dvd, through Docurama Films!



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12 Aug 2009, 11:30 pm

To be honest, you'd be better off sending her a copy of "all cats have aspergers". She could read that in 30 minutes and it presents a very nice and balanced view.



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13 Aug 2009, 12:03 am

Thanks for the links to the documentaries.

I never heard of the "all cats have aspergers" book. Is it a cutesy picture book mostly targeted towards children?



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13 Aug 2009, 1:22 am

Jaydog1212 wrote:
Thanks for the links to the documentaries.

I never heard of the "all cats have aspergers" book. Is it a cutesy picture book mostly targeted towards children?


Wow.... never heard of it... It's brilliant and aimed at all ages.
It's a photo book with one line of text per page in a similar style to "the Blue Day" books.

It doesn't say "all people with aspergers do this.... " but instead avoids generalisations;

Here's some quotes from how it begins...

Description

Page 1: "The first signs of Asperger Syndrome are usually picked up very young." (Photo of tiny sleeping kitten)
Page 2: "An Asperger child looks at the world in his own unique way." (Photo of kitten with paws framing eyes)
Page 3: "He likes to be near those he loves, but doesn't want them to hold him," (Photo of cat with serious expression)
Page 4: "preferring squishy places to a hug." (Photo of kitten wrapped in blanket)
Page 5: "Instead of coming to people for comfort, he may be overly attached to a toy ..." (Photo of kitten with stuffed dog)
Page 6: "... or a pet." (Photo of cat with frog in jar)
Page 7: "It's possible he is extra adventurous with no sense of danger" (Photo of cat on roof)
Page 8: "and he uses up some of his nine lives all too quickly." (Photo of cat on fence above "Beware of the Dog" sign)
Page 9: "An Asperger child often has exceptionally good hearing, and loud sounds and sudden movements may scare him."
Page 9 (cont'd): (Photo of cat with back arched and hair standing on end)

Text and photos continue through Page 65.

You can easily read it in 15 minutes and it's so worthwhile.

It also helps to explain things to others.

Anyway, here's the obligatory Amazon link.
http://www.amazon.com/All-Cats-Have-Asperger-Syndrome/dp/1843104814



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13 Aug 2009, 4:22 am

gbollard wrote:
Jaydog1212 wrote:
Thanks for the links to the documentaries.

I never heard of the "all cats have aspergers" book. Is it a cutesy picture book mostly targeted towards children?


Wow.... never heard of it... It's brilliant and aimed at all ages.
It's a photo book with one line of text per page in a similar style to "the Blue Day" books.

It doesn't say "all people with aspergers do this.... " but instead avoids generalisations;

Here's some quotes from how it begins...

Description

Page 1: "The first signs of Asperger Syndrome are usually picked up very young." (Photo of tiny sleeping kitten)
Page 2: "An Asperger child looks at the world in his own unique way." (Photo of kitten with paws framing eyes)
Page 3: "He likes to be near those he loves, but doesn't want them to hold him," (Photo of cat with serious expression)
Page 4: "preferring squishy places to a hug." (Photo of kitten wrapped in blanket)
Page 5: "Instead of coming to people for comfort, he may be overly attached to a toy ..." (Photo of kitten with stuffed dog)
Page 6: "... or a pet." (Photo of cat with frog in jar)
Page 7: "It's possible he is extra adventurous with no sense of danger" (Photo of cat on roof)
Page 8: "and he uses up some of his nine lives all too quickly." (Photo of cat on fence above "Beware of the Dog" sign)
Page 9: "An Asperger child often has exceptionally good hearing, and loud sounds and sudden movements may scare him."
Page 9 (cont'd): (Photo of cat with back arched and hair standing on end)

Text and photos continue through Page 65.

You can easily read it in 15 minutes and it's so worthwhile.

It also helps to explain things to others.

Anyway, here's the obligatory Amazon link.
http://www.amazon.com/All-Cats-Have-Asperger-Syndrome/dp/1843104814


Now I know why I have always preferred cats to dogs. Except for useful dogs (guard dogs, seeing eye etc) I find dogs to be annoying.

ruveyn



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13 Aug 2009, 10:58 am

gbollard wrote:
Jaydog1212 wrote:
Thanks for the links to the documentaries.

I never heard of the "all cats have aspergers" book. Is it a cutesy picture book mostly targeted towards children?


Wow.... never heard of it... It's brilliant and aimed at all ages.
It's a photo book with one line of text per page in a similar style to "the Blue Day" books.

It doesn't say "all people with aspergers do this.... " but instead avoids generalisations;

Here's some quotes from how it begins...

Description

Page 1: "The first signs of Asperger Syndrome are usually picked up very young." (Photo of tiny sleeping kitten)
Page 2: "An Asperger child looks at the world in his own unique way." (Photo of kitten with paws framing eyes)
Page 3: "He likes to be near those he loves, but doesn't want them to hold him," (Photo of cat with serious expression)
Page 4: "preferring squishy places to a hug." (Photo of kitten wrapped in blanket)
Page 5: "Instead of coming to people for comfort, he may be overly attached to a toy ..." (Photo of kitten with stuffed dog)
Page 6: "... or a pet." (Photo of cat with frog in jar)
Page 7: "It's possible he is extra adventurous with no sense of danger" (Photo of cat on roof)
Page 8: "and he uses up some of his nine lives all too quickly." (Photo of cat on fence above "Beware of the Dog" sign)
Page 9: "An Asperger child often has exceptionally good hearing, and loud sounds and sudden movements may scare him."
Page 9 (cont'd): (Photo of cat with back arched and hair standing on end)

Text and photos continue through Page 65.

You can easily read it in 15 minutes and it's so worthwhile.

It also helps to explain things to others.

Anyway, here's the obligatory Amazon link.
http://www.amazon.com/All-Cats-Have-Asperger-Syndrome/dp/1843104814


Sounds worthwhile, maybe I can pick up a used copy on half.com. Thanks.



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13 Aug 2009, 5:46 pm

ruveyn wrote:
Now I know why I have always preferred cats to dogs. Except for useful dogs (guard dogs, seeing eye etc) I find dogs to be annoying.

ruveyn


Not surprisingly, there's now a book called "All dogs have ADHD" which, I think, describes dogs perfectly.



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13 Aug 2009, 5:59 pm

the dog and cat books are brilliantly done. I found them at my library and read them with my daughter because she has ADHD and I have AS.



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13 Aug 2009, 6:03 pm

ruveyn wrote:
Now I know why I have always preferred cats to dogs. Except for useful dogs (guard dogs, seeing eye etc) I find dogs to be annoying.
ruveyn


I totally agree with you!

gbollard wrote:
Not surprisingly, there's now a book called "All dogs have ADHD" which, I think, describes dogs perfectly.


LOL!! that makes sense!


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