Ron Suskind: "Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"

Ron Suskind: "Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"

How one family was able to use their autistic son's fascination with Disney characters to connect. We explore "affinity therapy" and the ongoing effort to reach children locked in an inner world.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 children has autism. There are nearly 60 different disorders associated with autism, which complicates the challenge for families, doctors, and therapists hoping to help. Writer Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia, found an usual way to connect with their autistic son, Owen: Disney movies, which fascinated him when he was young. Ron, Cornelia, and Owen’s older brother, Walt, used Owen’s attachment to Disney characters to forge a deep emotional connection with him – something they thought had been lost forever. We discuss the remarkable story of how storytelling rescued an autistic child, and also explore the ongoing efforts to reach other children locked in inner worlds.

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