If you are a parent of an autistic child who find yourself struggling to teach social, learning, and communication skills, then, movies can be a great source that teaches children of different types of disabilities the skills that no specific teacher can teach in a formal classroom setting. Movies have the power to open “magical doors” to do what nobody else can. Here is my list of must-see movies to watch with your child.
Must-See Movie #1: Inside Out
This is a Disney and Pixar film which blew families away when it just came out a few years ago. Inside Out is a story about a young girl named Riley, who is forced to deal with her emotions when her family decide to move to San Francisco.
If you have difficulty communicating about emotions in your family, by watching the film’s animated characters may give you ideas how to discuss moods and feelings with your kids.
The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.
Must-See Movie #2: The United States of Autism
This is a documentary film about a father who searches for answers to help his autistic son. Here’s IMDb summary: “Follow one man’s 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across the American landscape to visit twenty families and individuals affected by autism while searching for answers for his own son. With interviews from around the nation that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds-each conducted in the participants’ original language–the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry across the spectrum of American life. In all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures, what he learns along the way will change not only his life, but the lives of those he meets, forever. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the people who give America its heart.”
Must-See Movie #3: Fly Away
Fly Away is about a mother who tries her best to care for her daughter, who must face extreme challenges because of ASD, and the decisions caregivers have to make while parenting a child with special needs.
Must-See Movie #4: Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin who was diagnosed with ASD, becomes famous through her writing, speaking, and the many challenges she have to face growing up.
From constructing big and complex contraptions to both control and soothe herself while experiencing meltdowns, to turning into a very successful professor of animal science and consultant for the livestock industry, Temple’s story will not fail to inspire the entire family. Her personal tale is not only incredible because of her ASD but also because of how she shares her experiences which dazzles the humanity of her condition.
Must-See Movie #5: The Boy Who Could Fly
The film follows a young girl, Milly, who lives next door to a nonverbal, autistic kid, Eric. The film addresses challenging subjects in an uplifting way. Though Eric’s belief that he could fly is completely ignored by everyone else, young Milly starts to wonder if Eric can really fly. This is a movie which focuses on nonverbal autism in a manner that is certain to provoke discussions among viewers.
Now you have five movies you can watch with the whole family on movie nights.