Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New York Times piece: Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney - an amazing and inspiring story

I stumbled upon this article last night when it was posted by another blog I follow. I was immediately intrigued as we live and breathe Disney in this house. In fact, the girls were just discussing our next trip and plotting out the adventure even though we keep reminding them the vacation is ten months away! I always questioned why Little Miss M chose to constantly rewind certain movies watching the same parts over and over again. I wondered why we had to watch Meet the Robinsons on a constant loop for two days straight. I often watched in amazement as she can craft elaborately emotional stories using familiar and beloved Disney characters, but struggled to tell us how she was feeling as tears streamed down her face. I've had doctors tell us that Little Miss M's obsession with everything Disney Princess and Fairy Tales was immature; but Ron Suskind has shed a new light on that. The article is long, but it is amazing and I encourage you to read it.

And excerpt:
Walt starts to shout, "Owen's talking again!" A mermaid lost her voice in a moment of transformation. So did this silent boy. - Ron Suskind

Click here to read the full story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/reaching-my-autistic-son-through-disney.html?_r=0

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Amanda loves Disney and is always inspired by thinking outside the box when it comes to helping her girls reach their full potential.

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