Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life Animated


My daughters and I went to see the advanced screening of Life Animated. Wow!! This is definitely a must see documentary movie for both children and adults. My daughter's are 8, 10, and 13. My 10 year old, throughout the movie, kept on asking me if we could buy the movie once it came out. After viewing the documentary I took my daughter's to dinner and we had a wonderful discussion surrounding autism, what we took away from the movie, and what our favorite parts were. The documentary was definitely a wonderful insight into living with autism; the challenges, struggles, fears, joy, and breakthroughs. It is a very family friendly documentary with only a very small portion that discussed kissing and sex. With that said, it was pretty innocent. Owen's brother, Walter, talks about the struggles of the "sex talk" with his brother.

Owen, at the age of 3, changed forever. Diagnosed with autism and the struggle to connect with their son was heartbreaking. It wasn't until they decoded a repetitive phrase that their son keep saying from the movie, The Little Mermaid, that a very fascinating connection with Owen's world opened up. It was the simple phrase, "Just your voice" that changed everything!


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