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Transcript of Rain Man
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development.
Autism in Movie
Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes
How are people with Autism affected?
He has a highly functioning form of Autism which allows him to do extrodinary things other "normal" people couldn't. He has a superb recall of things even if he has little knowledge of the subject. He is also a mental calculator and can count hundreds of things at once.
stereotyped, repetitive, or unusual use of language
restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus
preoccupation with certain objects or subjects
inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals.
Charlie Babbet is able to count toothpicks very fast. The public viewed this as false film because the portrayed autism as unrealistic.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum and local businesses and companies that employ those on the spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
Impaired ability to make friends with peers
Poor eye contact
No smiling or social responsiveness
The movie made all autistic people seem as if they had "special powers". Some people saw this movie as degrading and unrealistic because of how they made Autism look. The didn't bring attention to the real issue.
"Most people with autism don't have genius-level intelligence or specific skills, and while they have significant difficulties that affect them in every aspect of day-to-day life, it doesn't completely disable them. Also, if memory serves me correctly, he has no physical coordination problems."
Portrayal in the Movie:
Dustin Hoffman (Charlie Babbet) portrays his character as if all autistic people have savant skills. Example: He memorizes the phone book and also counts toothpicks "in the blink of an eye" when they fall.
How the Movie "Rain Man" portrays autism vs. Reality
The movie is based on Kim Peek, a man with autism. The movie reflects his autistic abilities and disabilities. But Autism varies from person to person. Different people have different qualities. It looks as if everyone is the same as Kim.