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Disney's "Inside Out" helping families with autism look at feelings

June 24, 2015

Inside Out, a new film by Disney/Pixar, is being praised both by critics and members of our autism community! Inside Out looks at the life of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is moving to a new city. In the film, Riley’s emotions play center stage, as the characters include include Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Reported by Sun News & Review, this film is helping families with autism have conversations with their children about their emotions. You can read the full story here.

Sun News & Review writes…

Parents with children of all ages with or without special needs can use the movie, “Inside Out” to talk and discuss how feelings affects their everyday life and the relationships they have with others. 

“Garrett is excited now that he can tell me what emotion he is feeling and it is helps me to understand my son,” said Paula Hollis. 

This is also a great way for parents to share stories of when they were a child and felt similar emotions during similar situations.    

“Disney is giving our son another tool with this movie to use in understanding and expressing his emotions,” said Paula Hollis. 

You can read more at Sun News & Review here

In a separate piece by OC Mom Blog, Dr. Courtney Harkins had this to say about the film:

"This movie is going to help both children and parents talk and discuss how feelings impact us and the relationships we have with others. This is truly amazing! My hope is that if parents have felt uncomfortable in the past talking about feelings, this movie will make it fun for both parents and children to talk about them.

Remember, children like to do things that are fun. It is important for our children that we as their parents, who are also their first and primary teachers, talk to them about feelings. When we talk to them about feelings, and it helps them feel better and many times changes their behaviors. It also connects us to one another and makes us feel bonded and attached."