December 7th Adam and I presented the film to the Grade 6 and 7 classes at a local school today. It was the first time I had presented the film to an audience of kids and the response was phenomenal. The kids were really engaged and had great questions and comments. All directed to Adam. They were genuinely moved and interested in how things are going for him these days. One boy asked: “Have you had your first kiss yet”. And when Adam proudly said yes, the whole group whooped and cheered. Another boy asked if its hard for Adam to watch the film these days, it being so personal and revealing. Adam answered that it is hard, and that the film was sad. The boy agreed and told the whole group that he had cried while watching it. Quite brave I thought for a 13 year old.
As part of our annual Asperger information presentation to Adam's grade level, last week our behavioral consultant Melanie showed The Boy Inside to all the Grade 9s. The idea was that instead of her usual talk on the subject of AS, she would use the film as a discussion-starter. From all accounts it was an amazing success. The kids were completely engaged in the film and after the screening the discussions were lively, open, and wide-ranging. Adam told me last night that things are going much better for him socially at school and he attributes it to the showing of the film and the discussion.
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