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Spectrum a story of the mind.

Jones, Jill, (film director.). Nanuq Original (Firm), (Distributor). Kanopy (Firm), (Distributor).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (24 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Nanuq Original, 2016.

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Originally produced by Nanuq Original in 2016.
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Take a journey into the rich sensory experience of autism. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain. SPECTRUM explores autism through the lens of diverse characters on the spectrum. The documentary aired on PBS stations nationwide for Autism Awareness Month. Dr. Temple Grandin, the most well-known autistic person in the world, breaks down the link between autism and sensory experiences. Her descriptions are illustrated with vivid character animation. In childhood, Temple's sensory sensitivities were severe; a simple hug felt like a tidal wave of stimulation. The sound of rain could be described as loud as bullets. Others experience visual sensitivity like seeing flickering in fluorescent lights in a classroom or having sensory overload that creates a kaleidoscopic chaos. Grandin explains that sensory issues originate in the brain processing - not in the eyes or in the ears. She believes these issues should be a primary focus for autism research. Understanding sensory perception could make a big impact on the lives of autistic kids and adults.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Autism in children.
Autism spectrum disorders.
Genre: Documentary films.

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