Winston-Salem, NC–A new video designed to help siblings understand their brothers and sisters with autism is divided into segments to match children´s ages and developmental levels. "Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum" was released by Coulter Video, producers of the popular "Intricate Minds" video series that helps students understand and support classmates with Asperger Syndrome and autism.
The new DVD includes four programs. The program for siblings 4 through 7 years old features a live narrator interacting with puppets. Two programs, for siblings age 7 through 12 and age 12 through adult, include interviews with siblings describing how they´ve learned to deal with a wide range of autistic behaviors and found ways to enjoy interacting with their brothers and sisters on the spectrum. In the fourth program on the DVD, designed for parents, mothers and fathers describe ways they´ve found to help their children accept and support each other.
"We´re grateful to the family members who spoke with us on camera for being so open about their lives in the interest of helping others, including sharing how they deal with extremely difficult situations," said Dan Coulter, producer of the video.
Julie Coulter, the program´s associate producer, added, "For me, the positive attitude of these interviewees was summed up in a father´s comment that you can´t let autism lock you up in a box, you have to live life fully. These interviews reveal a wealth of approaches that have made life better for families dealing with autism."
The DVD does not cover Asperger Syndrome or "AS," a high functioning form of autism, because the company plans to release a second DVD in this series, "Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome," in late August, 2007. This DVD will feature interviews with families who are dealing with AS.
The "Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum," DVD sells for $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) on the Coulter Video website: www.coultervideo.com. The company provides previews of all its videos on the website, which also features an online archive of articles on special needs issues.
Coulter Video is an independent video production company based in Winston-Salem, NC.