Neurotypical — broadcast on WGBY Monday, July 29, at 10:00pm — is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human. Preview.
In addition to the resources you’ll find at the POV: Documentaries with a point of view website, PBS LearningMedia has the following:
Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research: Dr. Levy says that because the characteristics of autism disorders range so widely, it has been difficult for scientists to pin down causes and develop effective treatments. But, she says she has hope. (Audio, Grades 7-13+)
Is Autism Genetic or Environmental? In this video segment from Greater Boston, learn about conflicting theories regarding the cause of autism. (Video, Grades: 9-12)
Visual Supports: A fact sheet for understanding visual supports. (Document with Background Essay & Discussion Questions, Grades 4-8)
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