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New documentary about autism
Parents Steve and Parool Jeppeson have an autistic son called Stian. They are given the unique opportunity to meet the scientists on the forefront of autism research in a hope to find out more about Stian’s condition. ‘What Can Science Do for Me – Autism’ is a must watch programme. First screening is on Thursday 22nd November at 8pm. Watch online here ( available from November 22nd, 9pm).
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Science and Me – Autism
Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 November 2007 )
Five year-old Stian Jeppesen has Autism, a developmental disorder of the central nervous system. Unable to speak and alternating between disruptive behaviour and being withdrawn, Stian’s autism has had a massive impact on his family.
This film follows his parents Steve and Parool as they go in search of information that will help them understand their son’s condition.
What is Autism?
Although the autistic spectrum covers a wide range of disorders and disability, individuals with Autism have difficulties in three main areas: social interaction, communication and imaginative play. They also exhibit repetitive behaviour and a resistance to change.
What Can Science Do for Steve and Parool?
Steve and Parool’s first stop is the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics where they meet Professor Anthony Monaco and see what role genes play in causing autism.
Then Stian gets to try out a brand new brain scanner at Oxford University that can build up a picture of how the brains of Autistic people work.
At Cambridge University, the Jeppesen family find out about a blue-sky research project that hopes to treat the social difficulties of Autistic people by giving them a naturally occurring hormone Oxytocin. The hormone enables people to be more trusting towards others.
Finally Steve and Parool meet Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, a world renowned expert in Autism, at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He tells them about his special children’s animation series called “The Transporters” which aims to teach children with autism how to recognise emotions and become more social.
Steve and Parool’s Thoughts
As well as the family’s visits to the scientists in Oxford and Cambridge the film also follows artist Steve’s progress as he is inspired to draw Stian and the scientists they have been to see.
He wants to develop a cartoon book that will help people have a better understanding of Autism and the research that scientists are doing.
Thursday 22 Nov @ 8pm
Friday 23 Nov @ 9am, 3pm, 9pm
Saturday 24 Nov @ 11am, 5pm, 11pm
Sunday 25 Nov @ 7am (Freeview), 7pm
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Contact details of organisations
- National Autistic Society
- Research Autism
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Independent UK
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Publication Title: Economic consequences of autism in the UK
There are approximately 540,000 people with autism in the UK – 433,000 adults and 107,000 children.
The findings in this report reveal that children with autism cost £2.7 billion a year, yet for adults the figure is £25 billion – more than eight times as much.
Funded by the Shirley Foundation and led by Professor Martin Knapp at the London School of Economics and King’s College London, the research shows that for adults with autism the highest costs are those generated by health and social care provision (59%), followed by lost employment (36%) and family expenses (5%).
ISBN Number 978-1-906162-05-4
Cost: Free to download
Date: Nov 2007