REVIEWS - Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently

 

School Library Journal Review -- Leigh Ann Rumsey, Penn Yan Academy, NY

Presented with compassion and humor, this live-action production offers a superb introduction to the challenges faced by children with neurobiological challenges…Children aged 8 to 12 speak out about their challenges as well as their own exceptional abilities… Teasing and bullying are briefly addressed, and positive alternatives are encouraged. This film will help youngsters understand the reasons why some classmates might act differently from their peers and foster acceptance.

 

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Kansas

I highly recommend this video as an important and effective tool in the ongoing endeavor to foster understanding and acceptance among children in the classroom. The balance of information, demonstration, compassion, and education is perfect for the elementary classroom.  I enthusiastically give this a "two thumbs up."

 

www.bridges4kids.org review by Jackie Igafo-Te'o

Jackie's Review: This video is the multi-disability companion to the recently released video "Intricate Minds 2: Understanding Elementary School Classmates With Asperger Syndrome", which was created to help kids at the elementary school level understand their classmates with Asperger Syndrome.  The video was adjusted to include subject matter relevant to those wishing to educate children about varying types of disabilities.  Once again, I am very impressed by the quality and presentation of this video.  The writing was creative and the narrator was pleasantly engaging.  As I viewed this latest release from Coulter Video, I kept an eye on the two children who were watching it along with me.  Questions and comparisons seemed to set the tone of the room.  The children couldn't help but notice how much the kids in the video were like them.  They noticed the similarities more than the differences.  Bingo!  This was the perfect opportunity to explain that we are all very similar, despite our differences.  Parents and teachers should take this opportunity to educate children about their peers with disabilities.  Everyone is sure to leave the room having learned something very valuable.

Sebastian's Review: I think the video was great.  I did not know that Asperger Syndrome was like that.  My brother has Autism and it was good to hear other kids like him tell about their feelings. Now I feel that I have a clear understanding of what the kids go through every day.  I found that the kids in this video are a lot like me. 

Melody's Review: I thought that the video was good.  I think it is sad that people call these kids names and ignore them.  People don't understand them.  I think it's not nice when people treat other kids like that.  I think that people who watch this video will understand what it is like to be different and they might understand that t

 

Gena P. Barnhill, Ph.D., Author of Right Address…Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults

Coulter Video has created two new outstanding videos to help children aged 8 through 12 (third through sixth grade) understand the perspective of peers who have Asperger Syndrome or similar conditions. Intricate Minds II focuses on children who have Asperger Syndrome. The boys and girls interviewed in the video describe what it feels like to have this condition. Intricate Minds III focuses on children who act differently from their peers in elementary school and have behaviors that may be associated with High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, or Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder. The particulars of their diagnoses are not discussed, but instead the children with these conditions provide the viewer with an invaluable glimpse of what it feels like to be in the shoes of someone with Asperger Syndrome or a similar condition. The children candidly discuss their strengths and their challenges in both videos. Jessica Coulter narrates the videos and powerfully demonstrates what it might be like to experience some of the visual and auditory challenges as well as the difficulties reading facial expressions that these individuals experience. Jessica points out that Mozart, Newton, Einstein, and Jefferson had similar characteristics, and yet the important point is that people took the time to look past their different behaviors and focus instead on their talents.

 Having elementary aged children view Intricate Minds II and Intricate Minds III will help them avoid the trap of ignoring or teasing peers who have difficulty fitting in and behave differently. Children who understand the reasons that some students behave differently are more likely to accept them socially and include them in activities. Every school district should have a copy of these videos. I showed the videos to the autism spectrum support group that I facilitate, and the parents commented that they were excellent videos that shared a perspective that only someone living with these conditions could do. These children are the true experts! 

 

Kelly Trier - Autism Consultant Grant Wood Area Education Agency Cedar Rapids, IA

I have been using your videos for several years now to help with peer awareness with great success. Your videos have helped hundreds of kids in our part of the state of Iowa. Thanks for all that you do to help the students and families that I work with and others.

 

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