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photo Understanding Autism
By Suzanne Newman
NewsCart Productions, Inc.

Therapists, teachers, and parents of children with autism discuss the nature and symptoms of this lifelong disability, which can occur in between five and fifteen of every 10,000 births. The program also outlines a treatment program, based on behavior modification principles, which can be used in the schools or by family members at home.

19 minutes
© 1993
Purchase $199.00 DVD
Order No. QA-100
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-951-7

"Valuable for people newly introduced to autism who need a basic understanding of the disorder." The Advocate

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Council for Exceptional Children

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Autism: A World Apart: The stories of three families show us what the textbooks and studies cannot - what it's really like to love and care for children with autism.

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On the Spectrum: Adults living with Asperger syndrome describe the ways AS has affected their lives, their work and their relationships. They discuss learning to cope with the disorder and the comfort and reinforcement of participating with others "like them" in an Asperger's support group.


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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website