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Fab Five Special Movies

by Laura

Having a daughter with special needs makes me more aware of movies that contain characters that portray different disabilities, disorders, etc.  Today, I am sharing Fab Five Special Movies that I feel I have been able to relate to on some level and give a good portrayal, in one way or another, what it is like to have a disability or disorder.  I highly recommend you watch all of them.

Also, I wanted to let you know that next week with be Spring Brunch Week at RMK and the following 2 weeks will be Easter Fest.  I have some really tasty recipes that I can’t wait to share!  Now on to the movies.

First is Adam.  This story is about a grown man with Asperger’s who is suddenly on his own after the death of his father.  My daughter has non-verbal learning disorder which is very close to asperger’s.  I could see similarities with her in Adam.  One of my worst fears is that my daughter would be left here without my husband and me.  I do feel peace though that she has two brothers who could help her.

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Next is Dear John.  The character’s part in this movie is small, but still helps illustrate Autism.  My daughter’s disorder is on the Autism spectrum and I could also relate to.  John’s dad is autistic and is very routine driven.  He also likes to eat the same meal which has been something we have had to deal with my daughter.

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Phoebe in Wonderland is a story about the onset of Tourette’s syndrome.  Phoebe’s obsessive compulsive issues are another thing I can understand, my daughter has those tendencies. She also has experienced ticks which is another thing I can relate to as with Phoebe’s  tourettes.  The portrayal of the mother facing Phoebe’s issues is also very realistic of feelings I have felt or  what others I know have felt.  This one really gets your heart.  The cast is this show is also excellent.

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Another good one is I Am Sam .  Sean Pen is awesome as Sam.  This one also gets the heart.  It is interesting to see  Sam as he realizes he is different.  This is another issue I know I will encounter in the future.  Right now my daughter is just starting to see small things that make her different than others.

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Last is Radio.  Cuba Gooding Jr. did an outstanding job in this.  This story illustrates how an individual can be an influence on the other in a good way.  Radio had an impact on others and others had an impact on Radio!


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Melanie March 20, 2012 - 6:16 am

Thank you Laura! for sharing. My son has Tourettes. I have not seen a few of these movies. I love your blog, you are blessing our hearts and our tummys 😀

Becky W March 18, 2012 - 10:27 pm

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Becky W March 18, 2012 - 10:23 pm

The Movie Extremely Near and Incredibly Close staring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock should be coming out on DVD soon. There is also a book by the same title. It is a great movie about a 9 yr boy
with special needs who’s father was killed in 2001 at the world trade center. I really liked it and could see alot of our special needs grandchilds behavior in the young boy.
A must see.!!!!!!

Mandy Kirk March 18, 2012 - 2:21 pm

I started to read your blog awhile ago and had no idea you had a daughter with special needs. I too have a son with special needs, and I have seen a couple of those movies. A couple others are Temple Grandin, a movie about an autistic woman. And Snow Cake, also about an adult with autism. My son is not autistic but I still like movies about people with disabilities as well. Snow Cake isn’t technically rated, but I will add it does have some strong words in it, just so you are prepared, but I still liked it.

Debby J March 18, 2012 - 2:09 pm

I worked as a Special Ed teacher assistant for 12 years. During that time , I came to realize how great a child with a disability is. Also during that time, my son was diagnosed with depression, a disability as he was only in 5th grade and no one understood what he was going through. Lucky for me, I had resources to help him and his teachers learn to cope with his problem. I truly feel that this country needs to open their hearts and minds to every student and realize that the special needs child is truly special in so many ways.

Shannon March 18, 2012 - 7:07 am

Great suggestions! I might also recommend “Benny and Joon”.

Elizabeth Ann March 17, 2012 - 9:44 pm

I teach at a public middle school that has an inclusion program! So I teach children on the autism spectrum . . . AND. I. LOVE. THEM! 🙂 They are so special to me for so many different reasons! 🙂 Thanks for sharing these movies! I need to watch the ones I haven’t seen yet! 🙂

Jen March 17, 2012 - 8:53 pm

I just discovered your blog and look forward to reading it. I wanted to add that my friend and I recently saw Joyful Noise at the theatre. One of the characters in the show has Autism and my friend, the mother of two children with Asberger’s really liked how the Autistic character was portrayed and how the other characters related to him. We also loved the music in it!

Chris March 17, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Thanks for sharing these! As a former kindergarten teacher, I taught several kids who were on the autism spectrum and many others with special needs. I have seen I am Sam and Radio, but not the others so I look forward to adding them to my Netflix list. I feel strongly that there are people in this world who don’t understand special needs children and could certainly use more information. God bless you and your family.

Robin @ Bird On A Cake March 17, 2012 - 9:24 am

Two of our children have autism, so this post caught my interest. I haven’t seen several of these movies, thanks for sharing! :0)


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