Finding the Words
Finding the Words
Finding the Words
Item#: FIN-976-D
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Running Time: 60 minutes
Gr. 8-Adult
Horn Productions


"Watching the incredible changes in the children in this documentary will make most anyone believe that recovery is a very real possibility for many autistic children. This film is an exceptional resource for parents, educators, and academics. It could be used by medical professionals hoping to learn more about autism, professors and graduate students of Disability and Disease studies, anthropologists studying both the rise of autism and the construction of it as a disease. It would also be helpful in Early Childhood Education classes, at autism conferences, and as a recommendation for parents who have just gotten their child’s diagnosis (who need both hope and practical tips in this very difficult time)."
– Anthropology Review Database

"Highly recommended. Finding the Words is an outstanding film about how our traditional views of autism are being challenged by new research and new ways of thinking about the disease. There is hope... and that’s what Finding the Words is really all about. The success stories of the families represented here are proof that there is a way to be victorious in the fight against the disease."
- Lori Widzinski, Educational Media Reviews Online




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Finding the Words is a film following the stories of eight children in their struggle to recover from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism, historically defined as a neurological condition that impairs communication and socialization skills in varying degrees of severity, is stealing away children in frightening numbers. An estimated 1 in 150 children are being diagnosed with this serious medical condition that the American Academy of Pediatrics now considers “epidemic”.

In Finding the Words, we watch parents of children once considered hopeless describe the amazing journeys they’ve taken to bring their sons and daughters back - fighting the prevailing view of autism as a disorder that is “incurable and untreatable”; battling the effects of what they describe as a “complex, multifactorial illness”. What is most important is that many thousands of them are winning this war. And children who could not speak, who could not make eye contact, who spinned and flapped and looked so utterly lost and unreachable, are now cogent and happy and communicable. And in a crowd of regular kids in a regular school, they look like every other kid - talking, playing - “indistinguishable from peers”.

The film also captures the unfolding drama of scientific discovery as doctors, pushed along by relentless parents, search for answers. The synergy we see between these determined families and the doctors who have been called to lead this struggle to uncover better therapies for ASD is fascinating. We see a paradigm shift in the doctor/patient model, and a great example of how treatments can be discovered in the presence of urgent need.

A comprehensive study guide and DVD-ROM resource toolkit is in development.