It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
I discovered this movie quite by accident and watched it one night when I had the remote all to myself (always a good thing). While this movie isn't winning an Academy Awards, it is a sweet and wholesome story that the whole family can enjoy together. The movie is called 'A Mile In His Shoes' and is about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome (now diagnosed as Autistic Spectrum Disorder). He has a powerful pitching arm and is discovered by a baseball scout. He's then recruited to play on a local minor league team. I won't give it all away, but as you can imagine, there are challenges as he gets used to the team and they get used to him. So the film highlights something that we don't always think of as diversity, but ability/disability warrant as much attention as race or gender or sexuality. This is a great way to learn more with your kids while kicking back with some popcorn (which makes every movie better).
So check out the video and then print out the page below for a quick list of potential questions and comments you can ask your kids as you're watching the movie together. There's also a link to the movie itself if you want to buy it.
What did you learn about Asperger's while watching this movie? What surprised you the most? Do you know anyone with a disability that isn't visible? How is that different from disabilities that are more visible? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
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