Monday, January 07, 2008


Asperger's featured in movie on PBS

"TODAY’S MAN tells the story of Nicky Gottlieb, a former child genius who, at age 21, is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. People with Asperger’s, which is a form of autism, tend to be highly intelligent—often geniuses in certain subjects—but are unable to pick up on social cues. The subtleties of body language, facial expression, tones or gestures are lost to Nicky, and his own behavior can be considered by others to be bizarre and inappropriate."



Check your local PBS listings HERE. Let me know what you think of the movie in the comments section, won't you?

9 comments:

inherwritemind1 said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks for the heads-up. The trailer was fascinating. I'll TIVO tonight's airing on our local PBS.

Joanne Levy said...

Thanks, Kim. This looks really interesting!

M. G. Tarquini said...

Thanks for the heads up, Kim. It's on our local station at 10 pm tonight. I'll be watching.

Tanya said...

I remember seeing something about Asperger Syndrome on Wired Science on PBS. They would have people wear these cameras, that were hooked up to computers that helped with recognizing facial expressions. It was interesting, but not very practical in my opinion.

Drama Mama said...

CanNOT wait. Autism beats reruns any day!

Lisa said...

Kim - thank you so much for the head's up on this program. I thought that Lizzie made a wonderful and touching film about her brother. I thought the three year gap in filming showed that even though time had passed, Nicky still struggled with the structure of a job.

I was a little surprised that his parents thought he would be successful living by himself - Nicky is such a social creature, I hope they can find a roommate.

I was over the moon that Nicky was introduced to the Asperger group. How awesome was that? Everybody needs support, and that was an introduction to a whole new realm for Nicky. I hope we get to see a follow up on his progress.

Thanks again Kim.

Kim Stagliano said...

Lisa. Lisa. Lisa. No link. Lisa. Are you a Lisa I know? Do you know Nicky?

K

inherwritemind1 said...

We watched the show and loved it. God bless Nicky's sister. Are there many mentorship programs for Asbergers people? I mean, practical help for everyday negotiating life? I sure hope so.

Lisa said...

It's Lisa from New Orleans, the Mojave of special needs services. After thinking about it, I also wanted to commend the supervisor who met with Nicky to talk about his checking out the contents of the bosses' mailbox - she stayed calm, on topic, and tried to give several examples so she was clear that Nicky grasped her meaning.