Original Minds

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Subjects: Child Development, Disabilities, Mental Health Issues, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 57 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes on DVD

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

Inspirational film that shows a way to bring out the individual talents of five teenagers normally classified as learning disabled.

Wounded by the stigma of being in "special ed" the five teenage protagonists of ORIGINAL MINDS struggle to articulate how their brains work.

is a deep thinker, often seeing connections between disparate ideas and concepts, but when it comes to telling you what you've just said he hasn't a clue.

When Nee Nee writes her fingers have a hard time keeping up with her thoughts.
People often get annoyed with Nattie because she doesn't know when to stop teasing and kidding around.

spends a lot of time in the bathroom, where his parents can't bug him about homework. He says he wants to "turn over a new leaf" but he's lost nine of his last fifteen math assignments.

Members of Deandré's family tell him he is not college material. He's determined to prove them wrong.

Parents, teachers, friends, therapists, and coaches all weigh in, sometimes with conflicting views, but it's the kids who become the experts in this film, as they work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their stories and discover that they are smarter than they thought. Their narratives reveal the unique approach to learning that each must discern and claim as his or her own if they are to succeed in the world. ORIGINAL MINDS eschews the confusing thicket of labels for learning disorders and reveals universal truths about how we all acquire and process information.

"The stories of these five teens are inspiring and uplifting. In turn, each student takes the audience into their internal world as they understand it. The difficulties, differences, and disabilities are not sugar-coated. But neither are they catastrophized. It is as if, in the telling of their stories, the students discover their strengths...This would be an excellent film for students who are studying to become educators, psychologists, or counselors. The film would also serve as an encouragement to high school students and their parents experiencing similar kinds of challenges. Recommended."
Jane Scott, George Fox University, Educational Media Reviews Online

Screened at:

Western Psychological Association Film Festival
American Psychological Association Convention

Links: www.originalmindsfilm.com/  - film's website

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