IMPACT IN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE GLOBE
“I saw your movie on PBS this week and it was just wonderful. I have two adopted kids, one with processing disorders. You captured exactly what it feels like as parents and child navigate the world of services, treatments, schools and the medical profession. It will be a privilege to purchase your DVD and tell other special needs families about the movie.”
“I just finished watching your documentary. It was incredible!!! I just wanted to say, "thanks" for showing a reflection of the life so many of us have lived over the past decade. For too long, families like ours have been forced to spend all of our time, money, energy and sanity trying to get our children what they need. Thank you Erik for giving a face and a voice to so many of us who have been fighting this battle alone----emotionally and financially bankrupt in our attempts to save our children.
“Last night we watched Graham's story on our local PBS station. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story and creating awareness... We started our journey in 2007, and I wish that back then there were a movie like yours to helps us understand what was going on with our son, who was 3 years old at the time. Honestly, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your son's story. It will help change and save many more lives.”
My wife and I were just flipping channels and accidentally happened upon your film on PBS. We were quite choked up as we finally felt like we saw another child, and another set of parents who were having the same experiences as us and our oldest son Jackson, now 5 years old. The film not only motivated us to do more, but validated some of what we've done to help Jackson, and also helped us realize we were not alone in our struggles and challenges. It really is amazing in that we've gone years and never really felt like we saw a child like Jackson, until we saw your documentary.
Aaron and Nichole, MI
“I have used your film for trainings over the past year and it has been so useful in illustrating the myriad issues in diagnosing and treating early developmental delays. I am so grateful that you made this film! I continue to recommend it to parents and professionals alike.”
“I saw your documentary about your son, and I wanted to tell you that watching it was like being hit by a ton of bricks, because your story is the same as ours…. I am glad you are bringing light to this. …We always have felt we are in some sort of gray area of autism, Today he is doing great. Listening to you describe "doing great" just so hit home to me. Great to us is something completely different to a parent of a typically developing child. Thanks again, and I wish you and your family the best.”
“I watched Autistic-like Graham's Story and I will be buying it so I can share it with parents with whom I work. I am an OT and a former special educator who is ABA certified and also DIR trained. Your film was wonderful and I am so eager to share it with my co-workers, families, etc. Thank you so much to you, your wife, and to Graham for sharing your journeys and your stories.
Merle J. Crawford, Hummelstown, PA
MS, OTR/L, BCBA
“Saw your movie on TV channel 20 (Chicago) and I have two children with DD developmental delay, 3 yr old and 5 yr old. I am really struggling and your movie is my life but instead of one child I have two. Your movie has provided hope, patients (sic) and has shown me different avenues that I can take to improve the development for my kids. Thank you”
“I watched Graham's story last night on our local PBS station. I am amazed how our boys are so much alike. I had one of those A'HA moments. I can't thank you & your wife enough for doing this movie.”
“I am sitting here in TX right now watching the movie you made about your son, Graham. I am so excited to see a documentary out there that explains to the world what so many therapists, like myself, have been trying to get across to the world for years… I thank you for producing this movie to show other families how to advocate, research and work with their children every day. Watching this documentary is inspiring for me as a therapist, to keep pushing forward and developing my skills so that I can be a great resource to families like yours.”
“I want to thank you for making your movie. I recorded it on a whim this afternoon because the few minutes I watched reminded me of my daughter. I get a lot of resistance when I express concern that maybe something more needs to be done…. mostly from family. I am really looking forward to exploring the website and all the new resources that I have not seen before. Thank you again for sharing your family's story.”
Heather , MI
“I watched your documentary last night and wanted to thank you for making public your experience and search for therapies to help your son. My 2.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with autism in February. Like you, we are not sure that Kate's issues are actual "autism" as, although she has many behaviors that seem autistic, when you look at the bigger picture the label just doesn't really fit. As you said in your film it's very scary that so little is really known about how to help children like ours. It's all experimental and many doctors want to put all these kids into the "autism" bucket. So much so that the diagnosis is kind of losing its meaning...Thanks again for sharing your experience.”
More mail from around the world...
"Thank you for sharing your story. Mostly I thank you for the parents you are helping. I have two sons. The oldest was born in 2000...he has sensory issues and a number of doctors still go back and forth- over six years now- on if they feel he should be on the spectrum or not... I wish this wonderful movie had been around to help me, but am so happy that it is now. Thank you for taking a very personal journey and sharing it to help so many others." ~Michele
"I just got home from watching your documentary and had to write you an email. Watching this brought back a rush of emotions for me. It was like seeing the past two and a half years of my life again. Our son Gavin was “autistic-like” and if we had done nothing, it would have progressed to autism. Thank-you for making this movie and giving others hope for their kids future. ~Jordan
"THANK YOU for making "Autistic-Like"! I have been a Developmental Therapist for 20 years and have seen the increase in children with autistic-like behaviors over the years. I have been very frustrated when children with obvious sensory issues were getting a label of autism. Parents are devastated and then confused when I mention the possibility of it being sensory instead of autism. Let me tell you that the doctors & therapists did not like someone telling parents there was another possible diagnosis. Your film has given me hope that we can advance our ideas about what is happening to our children these days and not get stuck in only considering autism as a diagnosis. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!" Nora Roehm, M.Ed. Child Development Specialist
"My wife Jennifer and I just finished watching your movie. Out of a fifty minute movie, I will be honest and say that I was teared-up or all out crying for more then 50% of it. In the easiest way I can say this: Thank you, thank you for being brave, for loving your child and not taking what doctors deemed autistic. Our four-year old son was given a diagnosis of autism at 22months old. Long story short, my boy who went into his own little world and showed typical autism at 1 year old is now 4 and getting ready to be integratedinto kindergarten. Again, Erik I feel like I know you just by seeing your path and journey through your child's life, and with that, thank you my friend."
- Margie Paller, Occupational Therapist , Minneapolis Public Schools
- Maria De Valle, Universidad Anahuac Mayab
- Leaza Cowan, Polka Spot
- Cynthia, Jambay House
- Ron Blatz, Executive Director, Discovery Children’s Centre
- Susan Oh, Exercise Specialist, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
- Jennifer George Lee, Chicago
- Lindsey Biel, Occupational Therapist, Co-author Raising A Sensory Smart Child www.sensorysmarts.com
- Nick Kasovac, Healthy Families Manager, Southwest Human Development
- Kristina Stroh, Director of Operations & Co-founder www.allthedifference.org
- Larry Zier, Creighton University
- Amy, Desperate mum