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Autism's Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?

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1 Thumbnail image Introduction - Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health 0:00:04
2 Thumbnail image Autism's Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway? - Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. 0:06:10
   
Air date: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:00:00 PM
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Views: Total views: 347, (125 Live, 222 On-demand)
Category: Special
Runtime: 01:40:59
Description: NIMH Special Lecture for Autism Awareness Month

Guest Speaker: Ron Suskind - Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism"

The National Institute of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. In his talk, Ron Suskind will discuss his family’s 20 years of experimentation with his autistic son’s powerful affinity for animated movies, mostly from Disney, as a tool to open new pathways of communication and social connection. Based on his experience, he poses provocative questions about how the features of autism might be turned from challenges into strengths to help those on the spectrum achieve their full potential. A book signing with the author will be held before the lecture at the FAES bookstore, where copies of Mr. Suskind’s new book are available for purchase.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Mr. Suskind’s latest work, “Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism”, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. A journey of the heart, he takes readers to the core of the most fundamental human issues: love, faith, friendship, brotherhood, parenthood and how, in moments of darkness, we literally need stories to survive. The book’s powerful stories are prompting a re-examination of how autism is treated, and how “affinities”—in this case Disney movies—may be harnessed to create better outcomes for those with autism. His previous works include the New York Times bestsellers, “Confidence Men” (2011) “The Way of the World” (2008), “The One Percent Doctrine” (2006), “The Price of Loyalty”, and “A Hope in the Unseen”. In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy, and is the Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
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NLM Title: Autism's powerful affinities : prison or pathway? / Ron Suskind.
Series: NIMH special lecture for autism awareness month
Author: Suskind, Ron.
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Other Title(s): NIMH special lecture for autism awareness month
Abstract: (CIT): Guest Speaker: Ron Suskind - Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism." The National Institute of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. In his talk, Ron Suskind will discuss his family's 20 years of experimentation with his autistic son's powerful affinity for animated movies, mostly from Disney, as a tool to open new pathways of communication and social connection. Based on his experience, he poses provocative questions about how the features of autism might be turned from challenges into strengths to help those on the spectrum achieve their full potential. A book signing with the author will be held before the lecture at the FAES bookstore, where copies of Mr. Suskind"s new book are available for purchase. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America"s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Mr. Suskind"s latest work, "Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism", chronicles his family"s twenty year struggle with their youngest son"s autism. A journey of the heart, he takes readers to the core of the most fundamental human issues: love, faith, friendship, brotherhood, parenthood and how, in moments of darkness, we literally need stories to survive. The book"s powerful stories are prompting a re-examination of how autism is treated, and how "affinities"--in this case Disney movies--may be harnessed to create better outcomes for those with autism. His previous works include the New York Times bestsellers, "Confidence Men" (2011) "The Way of the World" (2008), "The One Percent Doctrine" (2006), "The Price of Loyalty", and "A Hope in the Unseen". In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal"s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy, and is the Senior Fellow at Harvard"s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Subjects: Autistic Disorder
Child
Family Relations
Interpersonal Relations
Publication Types: Lectures
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