A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism

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Mon Sep 20 2010

Don't let the unsexy subject, the pseudo-poignant vistas or the heavy-handed Sigur Rs score dissuade you: This documentary is undeniably fascinating. As Icelandic mom Margret meets U.S. families and international experts (including Simon Baron-Cohen, Sacha's cousin), and then samples teaching methods in an effort to connect with her nonverbal ten-year-old son, Keli, the error of the title becomes obvious. The stars here are not the moms, but the kids---and they are truly amazing.

Don't let the unsexy subject, the pseudo-poignant vistas or the heavy-handed Sigur Rs score dissuade you: This documentary is undeniably fascinating. As Icelandic mom Margret meets U.S. families and international experts (including Simon Baron-Cohen, Sacha's cousin), and then samples teaching methods in an effort to connect with her nonverbal ten-year-old son, Keli, the error of the title becomes obvious. The stars here are not the moms, but the kids---and they are truly amazing. Dismissed as unreachable even by their devoted parents, they prove to be incredibly fast, eager learners who simply needed to be guided to connection and communication.---Billie Cohen

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