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The Changing Face of Autism is the product of six years of filming the participants. Lynne Duquette shares her experience as a parent of a child with autism and follows the individual stories of several families faced with the same diagnosis in this emotional and informative documentary. Parent commentary is augmented with leading experts in autism intervention, therapy, research, and education.

Presented by OM~RPM Productions, in association with The Changing Face of Autism, LLC. Lynne Duquette, Raoul Peter Mongilardi Co-executive producers. Directed by John Chisholm.

* Premiered 2008, HONDA Theatre, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
* Aired on LB-TV, fall, 2008

 

"An increasing number of children are diagnosed with autism, partly due to increased awareness, better diagnostic tools, and improved reporting of the disorder. This documentary, in which filmmaker Lynne Duquette shares her experiences as the mother of an autistic child, brings together parents, teachers, medical professionals, researchers, and others who offer insights about the disability, including telling what life is like for parents of autistic children. Clips of autistic children reveal such characteristics as developmental delays, verbal and nonverbal communication deficits, impaired social interactions, and repetitive self-stimulating movements. Parents talk about their emotions and how they moved from denial to acceptance. Clips of high-functioning autistic children, many of whom benefited from early diagnosis, intervention, monitoring, and individualized treatment, provide hope and proof that early access to appropriate services tailored to the child’s needs is crucial to ensuring an improved quality of life. "   -Carol Holzberg, Booklist

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