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ERIC Number: EJ890077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Jack & the Video Camera
Charlan, Nathan
Exceptional Parent, v40 n5 p46-48 May 2010
This article narrates how the use of video camera has transformed the life of Jack Williams, a 10-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who has autism. The way autism affected Jack was unique. For the first nine years of his life, Jack remained in his world, alone. Functionally non-verbal and with motor skill problems that affected his ability to write or draw, Jack was unable to express his wants, needs or thoughts. But this was coupled with an amazing ability to absorb entire movies and repeat them verbatim. His mother said that whether it was "Thomas the Tank Engine," "Finding Nemo," or "Toy Story," Jack could reconstruct the dialog down to the tone, rhythm, cadence and body language exactly. Jack began shooting constantly, every day, narrating and recreating exact scenes from movies. Joy says he naturally was adept at framing shots and manipulating toy characters to enter and exit frame with precise timing for maximum effect. The video camera opened up Jack's personal world to language and understanding. The miracle of all this, was Jack went from being functionally non-verbal to a communicative, understanding and well-adjusted boy in the span of only one year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado