United Nations, 1947 - In this film one crippled child learns to walk: first to move, then to stand, and finally to take his first steps. The film deals with modern techniques of ... See full summary »

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United Nations, 1947 - In this film one crippled child learns to walk: first to move, then to stand, and finally to take his first steps. The film deals with modern techniques of physiotherapy, and the need to develop the whole child - his emotions and his mind as well as his muscles - is stressed. Skilled adult workers offer not only massage and therapy, but also love and understanding, and occupational therapy for children and takes the form of both play and work. Movements learned become part of the daily jobs of feeding and dressing. Early attempts to walk are made with the help of apparatus. Finally the initially hesitant steps on his own are taken. As the film ends the boy walks. Written by Anonymous

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there are other kinds of disabilities too
29 January 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

With World War II over, there was going to be a lot of need for care-taking. Leo Seltzer's Oscar-winning "First Steps" looks at a special type of care-taking that was going to be important in the post-war years. The focus is an occupational therapy camp for children with disabilities. These tykes were cast out of society, seen as freaks, and so the specialists help them learn how to function normally. The material is a little dated, but it's still an important look at those who provide some of the most crucial help. If it got made nowadays, it would have to incorporate a focus on non-physical disabilities like autism. But anyway, this is nevertheless a documentary that everyone should see.


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