Benjamin is the story of a young man growing up with Aspergers and the tools and skills he developed to cope.
Benjamin by Michelle Duong was the highly commended in ReachOut.com’s Inspire a Generation film competition 2012.
Little Girl: Hey, what are you making?
Doctor: We’ve run tests, and I’ve come to the diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome as being the cause of this behavioral pattern.
Teacher: Benjamin what’s wrong? I need you to look at me when I’m trying to speak to you. You know it’s rude to not look at your teacher when I’m trying to speak to you. Look up!
Doctor: It’s an organisational tool, don’t be afraid of the unexpected.
Doctor: So Benjamin, did you go back to using the compass when this unexpected event happened?
Benjamin: It was good, I followed the sheet and I made a plan and I didn’t get stressed.
Doctor: And have you started to make plans for the future now?
Benjamin: There’s a girl in my class that I like.
Doctor: Have you asked her out?
Doctor: As you’re aware, your daughter has been acting unusually. Benjamin, from treating you I recognise the symptoms and my diagnosis is that she has Aspergers syndrome.
Benjamin: It’s OK. Look at me, I’ve had this my whole life. And I have a beautiful wife and a gorgeous daughter. I’m happy, and she will be too.
Check out the other entries:
Winner – Kate Dolan’s Subtitles
First runner up – Maureen Walshe’s Depression is a monster
Second runner up – Darren O’Connor’s What is depression?
Highly commended – Homejam Productions Pimp my mental health
Highly commended – Jonathan Victory’s That voice inside
Highly commended – Anytime Production’s A new day
Highly commended – James Keating’s Whatstigma
Highly commended – Gavin Fitzgerald’s Find a light
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