What is a good movie for a 17 year old Asperger's child to watch?
Topic: Writing letter to judge character
July 18, 2019 / By Georgina Question:
He typically watches Nickelodeon shows but I would like him to watch a more mature movie so he can discuss it afterwards.
Best Answers: What is a good movie for a 17 year old Asperger's child to watch?
Deloris | 3 days ago
"Smoke Signals" should have a lot for you to discuss. There are some serious relational issues in it, and Thomas is pretty clueless about getting along with Victor. You see the two of them as infants, and as 12-years olds. When you see the two of them as adults, they still have the same problems getting along with each other!
You'll be the best judge of whether you need to talk about the idea of flashbacks before the movie. Some kids find them confusing, but you know your kid better than I do. You may want to watch the movie by yourself first. It may be helpful to divide the movie into five to ten smaller chunks. Watch, discuss, watch, discuss.
"Victor just said Thomas is lying. Is it important for Suzy to know whether Thomas is lying or telling the truth? Do you think she cares?"
Kids with Asperger's Syndrome and related conditions probably hate questions wihout one answer that is clear-cut and obvious even more than their peers, but it's a part of life that they should learn to deal with at 17, anyway!
The 10-13 year old students I've shown it to have really been able to identify with the characters. I invite them to pretend that the characters in the movie are real people. They can choose a character to write a letter to. Their letters show a real empathy for the situations the characters have to deal with. With Asperger's syndrome, that may or may not work, but you'll probably learn something from trying.
After that one, you might want to try "Breakfast Club".
If you, yourself, like "Smoke Signals" then you may want to read Sherman Alexie's new young adult novel, the third link below.
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Either of the ''Scooby Doo'' live action movies.
If he likes (liked?) the cartoon episodes, he might enjoy the movies with real people. The shows always have the same plot structure--which may be attractive to your son.
That could be a bridge between Nick shows and movies with people. He could be asked WHO were the main chararacters, WHAT was the problem or conflict and HOW it was resolved or how it ended...
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well I just looked up what that was. You want to introduce the child to new things so try something that's different from what they usually watch. I like Crash
think change is good.
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hmm one movie i happen to LOVE is National Treasure its a cool adventure movie. plus they are comming oyut with a sequel later this month
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Originally Answered: What are the best movie to watch from this list.?
Bedtime Stories -very cute
Four Christmases -very funny
Seven Pounds -a couple friend saw it and said it was ok but not great
The Day the Earth Stood Still -hated it
The Tale of Despereaux -ok but too many subplots going on at once
Valkyrie -haven't seen it
Doubt -haven't seen it
Marley & Me -very good but not based on the book enough
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -very, very good
The Spirit -haven't seen it
Yes Man -same old Jim Carrey