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When Parents Can't Fix It
Suggestions for Group Presentations

The video is accompanied by a study/discussion guide
with more suggestions for group presentations

When Parents Can't Fix It has been tested in a variety of forums, including workshops and seminars, continuing education and in-service training classes, organizational meetings and community meetings. It has generally been found to have a powerful impact on audiences, generating a lively discussion at the conclusion of the showing. To date, the program has been presented to groups ranging from a couple people to audiences of 150. These suggestions are culled from these experiences.

1) Because of the length of the film (58 minutes), it is recommended that it is presented with minimal introduction.

2) Audiences seem to need time for debriefing and discussion following the presentation. People often ask, "What can or should be done for these families and children?" Presenters should be prepared with ideas and suggestions applicable to the audience's particular field of interest or geographical region. Suggestions are included in the study guide. It is recommended that 30 minutes be allowed at the end of the program for discussion.

3) For a single presentation, it is recommended that the film be shown in its entirety without interruption. For ongoing groups and classes, however, the film has successfully been shown in individual segments over a period of time with discussions and/or exercises following each segment. The study/discussion guide includes exercises for classes and workshops.

4) Individual segments of the video can also be presented as a stand-alone program. Each of the five segments, approximately 12 minutes in length, is designed to tell a complete story, requiring only a brief introduction. For a group interested in Cerebral Palsy, for instance, it may be appropriate to present only the segment entitled Nathan's Story. For a discussion on death and dying Matt's Story would be most appropriate. For more information on the content of each segment, please see below.

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Matt's StoryMatt-  a  16-year-old with muscular dystrophy, facing a progressive terminal illness.

Eli's StoryEli- a six-year-old with autism, struggling with medical problems
and self-injurious behavior.

Red Fawn's StoryRed Fawn- a Native American teen whose violent outbursts related to Fetal Alcohol Effects throw her into the justice system.

Blayre's StoryBlayre -a six-year-old, partially deaf and blind and with mental retardation, growing up in a close-knit African American family.

 Nathan's Story
Nathan-  a teen with cerebral palsy entering adulthood as his parents face issues of placement outside of the home.

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