A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
I Can't Do This, But I CAN Do That is an educational and innovative documentary short. It helps viewers understand what it is like to be a neurodiverse child, from the child's perspective. Viewers learn about various diagnoses such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and sensory processing disorder. The effects that the various disorder's symptoms have on the children's lives at home and in school is discussed.
All people are created equal, and differences make us unique. It is important to be patient, and help others learn in the way that works best for them. Always treat others the way you wish to be treated.
Positive Role Models
All of the children featured in the documentary are very positive role models. Ranging in ages from 9 to 12, they all bravely discuss the ups and downs of living with their various diagnoses - and how others treat them differently. They serve as great representations based on their resilience, positivity, and honesty.
While the documentary highlights friendship, neurodiversity, and acceptance of all people it lacks racial diversity. Joey, is the only person of color in the cast.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Can't Do This, But I CAN Do That is a 30 minute documentary short about children who are neurodiverse. First premiering in 2010, viewers follow the stories of several children, ages 9 to 12, as they navigate their way through school with various learning differences. Though all the children have different diagnoses, all of their stories are grounded in a general lack of acceptance or misunderstanding from their peers and teachers. As the stories continue, a major theme of the piece is encouragement and hope for students, families, and educators. The documentary inspires viewers to think differently and support greatness in each child based on their strengths.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary short is a fresh and educational glimpse into the lives of young children with learning differences. I Can't Do This, But I CAN Do That highlights how these children overcome obstacles that life has places before them from their point of view. With some room for growth in racial diversity, the piece highlights an often overlooked and misunderstood group of our population in an uplifting way. With themes of perseverance, acceptance, and flexible thinking, its a great watch for the entire family.
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