Ok. So for those in Australia, last night was the airing of episode 1 of “Kids on Speed?” The documentary that my family took part in last year.
We decided to put the boy to bed and then watch it on our own because we weren’t sure what to expect yet and wanted to make sure that we had space and time to process it ourselves first.
Once I got over the initial important things like, “oh my god, am I really that chubby!?” And of course, “ugh is that really what my hair looks like?” And the standard, “wow I had no idea my voice sounded like that!” reactions, I was ready to settle down and really watch it.
This documentary would have been really interesting and informative even if I wasn’t in it. 🙂 So much so that when the specialists were all together discussing my son and the pead burst forth with something like, “this kid is functionally autistic” and “we’ve rarely seen a case where a child is so disabled by his disabilities”, I gasped and started crying as if I didn’t know what was coming!
It was so interesting to see our family from the outside and I am happy to report there was nothing to be ashamed of. That goes for all the families involved. It was so great to see that other people have similar struggles to ours and the producer handled all our footage with such amazing respect and honesty.
Some debate has opened up on the ABC website and on twitter #kidsonspeed (I hope that’s right. I haven’t quite got my head around the whole twitter thing just yet!). Already we’ve had some really great and mostly supportive feedback for the programme which is awesome.
For myself, I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds over the next couple of weeks, not only for the other families but also ourselves. Sometimes when you are living the action everyday, it’s hard to really see the changes.
If you are in Australia and you follow my blog, I would highly recommend seeing this series through the ABC I-view website. If you have seen it, please don’t hesitate to comment and ask me anything or tell me what you think, bad or good, just keep it respectful! 🙂