Finding the Words, a documentary about children recovering from autism, by Horn Productions. Distributed by the Video Project.
Call Number: RJ506.A9F56 2010.
From the website:
FINDING THE WORDS is the story of eight "perfect babies", each
given a grim diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as toddlers, whose
grieving families fight prejudice, misinformation, and despair to get their
children well again.
Filmed in thirteen locations across the United States, this
hour-long documentary is an ensemble piece, presenting elements of each
family's long, emotional journey through home videos, photographs and medical
reports; as well as interviews with the families, the childrens' doctors,
therapists and friends. Commentary on these remarkable stories is provided by a
courageous group of doctors all working to rewrite the future for ASD afflicted
children by accepting a surprisingly controversial premise: autistic children
The film also
captures the unfolding drama of scientific discovery as doctors, pushed along
by relentless parents, search for answers. The synergy we see between these
determined families and the doctors who have been called to lead this struggle
to uncover better therapies for ASD is fascinating. We see a paradigm shift in
the doctor/patient model, and a great example of how treatments can be
discovered in the presence of urgent need.