Videos and DVD's
The Maple Leaf Centre is an excellent source for books, videos and DVDs.
Also, available in Australia from Resources At Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au
Asperger's, Autism & Girls - new DVD!
Understanding and appreciating the female perspective!
Presented by Tony Attwood.
This DVD offers the most comprehensive presentation yet of the characteristics and reasons why female Aspies fall under the radar in their diagnosis.
Dr Attwood covers everything from their ability to camouflage and mimic social behaviours to hide their social confusion to ways their condition may be identified through their unique interests and behaviours. He contends their ability to hide their Asperger's affects the male/famale ratio of Asperger's to 3 to 1, significantly greater than previous studies have shown. He also argues that girls with Asperger's often are misdiagnosed, resulting in their not getting the help they need for what is often typical of their condition; low self esteem, depression (often clinical depression); vulnerability to relationship predators or living in abusive relationships; unhealthy excessive weight loss or gain; or selective mutism, among other things. He focuses on their atributes and the importance of a diagnosis so they can understand the 'why' or who they are. With that, they can develop an appreciation of their differences, which are not less than their neurotypical peers - just different.
Key Selling Points:
- The DVD contains the most cogent, comprehensive presentation of the characteristics of girls with Asperger's and the reasons for and consequences of their diagnosis packed in an hour and a half presentation.
- Presented by the world's most recognized expert in the field of Asperger's Syndrome, Dr Tony Attwood is also a superlative speaker, who garners rave reviews for his presentations.
- The viewer can gain substantive information about a complex condition because of the authoritative and well-researched knowledge gained from both academic and scientific studies and Dr Attwood's clinical and personal experience with Asperger's.
The DVD can be sourced from Resources at Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au
The British English version of The Transporters DVD is available again from www.thetransporters.com. This is in PAL format so will play in Australia. The Transporters is a fun animation series designed to help children with autism and Asperger syndrome to understand and recognize emotions. It was commissioned by the UK Government and was developed with the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. Research (by Dr Ofer Golan and colleagues) showed that after using the DVD for 4 weeks, most children with autism caught up with other children in their ability to recognize emotions.
The Transporters are eight animated vehicles with real human faces. The DVD contains 15 episodes with accompanying quizzes, each featuring a different emotion. The DVD comes with a booklet to help parents and teachers get the most out of The Transporters. 25% of any profit goes to autism charities. At least another 25% will go to further research and development of new techniques to help children with autism and related conditions.
Understanding Asperger Syndrome
The Royal Childrens’ Hospital in Melbourne, Australia have produced a superb and magnificently produced video with accompanying notes titled Understanding Asperger syndrome.
The key authors/producers are Professor Margot Prior and Dr. Janine Manjiviona. The video is particularly valuable for class teachers and parents although the material is relevant to adults with comments from Wendy Lawson. The video can be used for staff in-service training and the notes can be used by educators and parents.
Dealing with Emotions
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) distribute a video titled Dealing with Emotions.
Dr. Larry Welkowitz and Dr. Linda Baker of Keene State College in New Hampshire have produced an excellent video titled Understanding Asperger’s.