Scientific American Frontiers : Growing Up Different (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Illnesses & Disabilities, Medicine  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This episode explores why children with various handicaps "see the world the way they do," says host Alan Alda, who also surveys treatments for them. First up: Alda visits a party at the Salk Institute in LaJolla, Cal., for people with Williams Syndrome, a genetic brain disorder that affects some cognitive functions negatively and others positively. Alda then visits autistic children in Seattle; children in Massachusetts who have had cochlear implants; and a woman who uses sophisticated digital devices to speak.



autism, child, deafness, disorder, handicap, research, technology