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Stella (I) (2009)

 -  Documentary | Short  -  2009 (USA)
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A day in the life of an 8 year old autistic girl and her service dog.

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A day in the life of an 8 year old autistic girl and her service dog.

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Very simple but effective
22 April 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is about an autistic girl and her daily routine. While the film in no way tries to explain what autism is nor do you get much of an idea of the girl's impairment, you do get to see what a typical day is like. She and her service dog awaken, get ready for school and have breakfast. Then, it's off to school where she gets a lot of individual therapy that is intended to help open up the girl to others and expand her functioning. This must be helping, as you don't see the child harming herself, others or being fixated on objects--behaviors typical of a more severe case. In addition, there is a lot of hope for her, as she goes out to recess and appears to interact with her peers. Again, for someone with the autistic label, this is very positive. Then, after the day is done, it's home to dinner and bed.

Why the dog is mentioned, I don't know as you don't see the service dog do all that much--though just being there for the child may be more than enough (some kids with autism come out of their shells a bit around animals). However, for anyone wanting assurance that an autistic child can grow and be so much more than a diagnosis, this is a good film to see.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the music seems too loud. I would have preferred it to be a bit softer in order to allow the viewer to hear more of what is happening on screen.


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