For the last seven years, I have volunteered for the The Dallas Film International Festival (DIFF). This year DIFF was from April 3-13 and during that time I had the opportunity to view 20 movies. One of movies was the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize Winner called, “The Special Need”. This foreign movie, filmed in Germany/Italy and directed, written and acted by Carlo Zoratti is about an autistic adult (Enea) who was looking for love - physical love. He and his best friends Carlo and Alex set out on a journey through Europe and eventually find more than they are looking for. (IMDB).
April is Autism Awareness Month and so I want to take the time to highlight outstanding DE Health videos which speaks in clear, simple language to educate students with special needs about puberty and personal safety for students in grades 3-5:
A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up and A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up. These programs begin with an examination of the body’s external anatomy and a description of its functions. The physical and emotional changes that take place during puberty and tips for staying healthy and keeping clean.
There are two other films for older students in grades 6-8: A Boy’s Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety and A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety. These videos details the anatomy and functions of the body and discusses the changes that occur to the body during puberty for both boys and girls. A discussion on the differences between private and public places educates students on appropriate behaviors and societal expectations. It also looks at rules about touching, secrets, and strangers.These four videos are also available in Spanish and perfect for this special population.
If want to teach students more about film and filmmaking? Take the time to check out these resources on Discovery: LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION which is an online application of AFI K-12 Screen Education. Search for “AFI” and you will find nine episodes with teacher’s guide to teach students to write, shoot, edit, and exhibit the original films they produce.