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Autism Every Day (2006)

 -  Documentary | Short | Drama  -  9 May 2006 (USA)
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24 hours in the lives of 8 families who have autistic children.


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Eight families, each with an autistic child, permit a camera crew into their houses for 24 hours to immerse us in their lives. The film is loosely organized around themes: yesterday (when the infants developed as expected for a year or so), diagnosis, morning chores (breakfast, teeth brushing, getting dressed), stress and exhaustion, marital strain, siblings, finances, school, everyday dangers, being in public, and the future. Throughout the parents are candid, sunny, poignant, and aware as they talk while interacting with their children. Parents communicate the difficulties of their lives, the redefinition of their hopes, and the bone-weary depth of their love for their children. Written by <>

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7 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am the mother of an autistic son. Watching this film, I cried for those poor children!!! These parents had a lot of help and resources and yet all they seemed to do was complain about their lives being over and wanting to die to end the pain of themselves and their children. My son is almost eight and when he was first diagnosed at 2, he had no language, had many emotional outburst, would not look you in the eye, walked on his toes, flapped his hands, etc...I know where these people are coming from! The difference is that I did not look at this condition as making my life harder, I looked at it from the view of making life easier for my son. We could not afford private instruction and therapy. My son was recommended 30 hours a week of speech and he got 30 minutes etc. We talked to him and made exceptions and he now spends four out of five days in the mainstream classroom and gets straight A's. Most people have no idea that he is anything but our son and that is what he is!! These parent's are the ones in need of therapy and medication. How dare they look at their beautiful children and sing the "Woe is me!!" song. What a horrible film!!!!!!

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