Autism Connections — Connecting Kids, Connecting Teens and Connecting Parents — grew out of the shared desire of many Kansas City families and professionals for educational videos based on KU’s groundbreaking research on social skills, behavior and learning for kids, teens and parents. What’s more, they wanted the “lessons” for kids and teens to be fun, entertaining and aimed at the friends and potential friends of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We think that these three videos succeed beyond all expectations. You can view each full-length video or watch individual lesson segments by themselves.
We’d like to thank the families who graciously permitted their children to participate in this production so that other families may find comfort in their struggle with autism, professionals might learn effective strategies for working with these children and peers may see how they can include individuals with autism into their activities and work to become friends.
This project was made possible by generous funding from the Young Matrons of Kansas City and produced by the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training and Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, both centers of the University of Kansas Life Span Institute, with Wide Awake Films.