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Videos for Adults

The following list highlights some informational videos for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

DISCLAIMER: We provide suggestions for videos for information only. The views and opinions of the following videos are not necessarily those of the Geneva Centre for Autism.

Asperger Asperger's Syndrome:  Autism and Obsessive Behaviour
(1/2” VHS, 30 minutes, 1998, Films for the Humanities and Sciences)
This video profiles a young man who is taking graduate –level university courses but struggles with constant feelings of anxiety which affect his social interactions and many aspects of his daily life; a young boy going through the diagnostic process is also profiled.

Asperger Asperger’s Syndrome – Diagnosis and Support with Dr. Tony Attwood
(1/2” VHS, 3 hours, 1999, Future Horizons, Inc.)
These videos are a recent presentation that Tony Atwood made in which he covers the diagnostic criteria.

Autism Puzzle
(1/2” VHS, 60 minutes, 2003, BBC)
This documentary looks at the history of the condition, and current research into cause, treatment and prevalence.

Great Expectations: Living with More Able Levels of Pervasive Developmental Disorder
(1/2” VHS, 35 minutes, 1996, Geneva Centre for Autism)
Dr. Temple Grandin provides a personal account of living with autism; the video also includes insights from more able individuals with an ASD as well as practical strategies from teachers and service providers to assist individuals with an ASD to live and work in their communities.

Little Help From My Friends:  The More Able Levels of Autism
(1/2” VHS, 15 minutes, 1992, Autism Society of British Columbia)
This video depicts two young adults who discuss what it means to have autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Mind Traveller:  Oliver Sacks (Rage for Order:  Autism)
(1/2” VHS, 50 minutes, 1998, Films for the Humanities and Sciences)
Neurologist/author, Oliver Sacks, meets Jessica Park and tells her story.  Dr. Sacks investigates past efforts to define and understand autism and he explores the biological basis of autism with Dr. Eric Courchesne, neurologist at the University of California.

Sensory Challenges and Answers
(1/2” VHS, 26 minutes, 1998, Future Horizons, Inc.)
Dr. Temple Grandin talks about her own personal experiences and the experiences of other people with an ASD regarding sensory issues.

Visual Thinking of a Person with Autism
(1/2” VHS, 25 minutes, 1998, Future Horizons, Inc.)
Dr. Temple Grandin discusses her own perceptions and examples of her life as a visual thinker.

Medications:  Fact and Fiction
(1/2” VHS, 27 minutes, 1998, Future Horizons, Inc.)
Dr. Temple Grandin offers an insight into the role that medication can play as an intervention tool for people with ASD.

Transitions:  The Challenge of Change for Persons with Autism
(1/2” VHS, 17 minutes, 1992, Autism Society of British Columbia)
This video deals with a variety of changes that may be difficult for individuals with autism.  It discusses small changes such as moving from one activity room to the next as well as larger transitions such as from elementary to high school or from school to work.  Examples of individuals from pre-schoolers to adults effectively illustrate these scenarios.

*Note: The aforementioned books and videos are available in the Geneva Centre for Autism’s Reference System. For more information, call 416-322-7877 ext. 0

What Autism Means to Me

by Jim Deaves

What autism means to me: You might think of autism as a disability, but it is more important to think of autism as having abilities. So, it's about both being able and then sometimes not being able.

How it affects my life is a difficult question. But I am more sensitive to my environment. For instance, I am more sensitive to high tone, loud sounds and noise. That is very hard on me.

Support friends can help an individual with autism by being considerate, kind and by being patient - having patience. It is important for support friends to know that sometimes within, during the moment, I get overwhelmed and that it's just one of those times or positions. In these times, together, we do deep breathing or deep breaths. Friends need to have the freedom to come into the soul spirit softly and as well with gentleness. What I find helpful is to have a good pace to the day that I have planned and can count on. That way, I'm prepared, calm and I don't get all stressed, nervous and anxious. Also the time is flexible so I can leave whenever - then nothing gets built up.

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