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A 4-year-old, a teenager and an adult, all on the autism spectrum and at pivotal moments in their lives, work with their perceptual and behavioral differences in a "neurotypical" world.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmaker Adam Larsen discusses his film about autism and recognizing "neurodiversity."

Classroom Clips

Two men discuss the use of the word neurotypical, and question what we perceive as "normal behavior."

Classroom Clips

In this clip from Neurotypical, Wolf describes watching the "Jungle Book" as a child.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Maddi describes her experience with trying to learn basic social norms.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Wolf talking about how his parents found out about his autism.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Kevin and Suzanne discuss their different personalities.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Vijay discusses the importance of not underestimating a person because they have autism.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Wolf explains how he constructs systems in order to live in the neurotypical world.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, Katie talks about how she found small talk to just be unnecessary conversation.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, John talks about difficulties in catching verbal cues in a conversation.

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In this clip from Neurotypical, John explains his childhood experience with the game of tag.

  • Updated on August 12, 2014

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Film Information

Neurotypical (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 29, 2013

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 11, 2014

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Adam Larsen Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: 2013 Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Season Announcement

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Critical Acclaim

If you're close to someone with autism (as I am), the fascinating PBS film Neurotypical is a must-see. . . . I’m going to get hold of a digital copy and show it to my son when he’s a couple of years older.”

—Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

A film about autism seen from the inside outward. . . . we get a sense of varied experience, of humor and of desire. . . . The point . . . is that we are all on some sort of spectrum . . . each with a uniquely wired brain and an individual way of interpreting the world and coping with it, and each with a gift.”

—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times/Chicago Tribune

Neurotypical shatters any preconceived notions about autism and autistics. It’s a documentary that doesn’t overstep its intelligence and makes a statement without a soapbox.”

—Daniel Engelke, Film Monthly

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