Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Review of Louis Theroux's Documentary on Autism

Here at JewishCare, we're very interested in how disability is portrayed in our society. Below is a review of a documentary which provide astute insights into living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Documentary Review. "Extreme Love: Autism" By: Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux is known for depicting the humanistic side of many situations through his documentaries. This documentary follows Theroux to an innovative school in America where he interviews children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism.

The Autism Spectrum Australia website defines ASDs as "lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities."
Source: http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/a2i1i1l237l113/what-is-autism.htm

This documentary strikes a balance between capturing eccentricities, love and challenges by depicting the sometimes extreme trials of living with a child with autism, balanced with the uniqueness and delicate humour that comes from experiencing the world slightly differently from the norm.

Theroux provides an accurate insight into the way in which autism impacts not only the child but the child's family and friends.

The verdict: essential viewing for anyone who wants to see the realities of life with an ASD.  

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism
Photo source: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc2/201301/programs/ZX9254A001D2013-01-07T203027.htm

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