For the final Autism Awareness Month session, Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss Sam and his family in Netflix’s Atypical.
This week psychologist, Dr. Lo, joins the session as we review Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic criteria. We discuss Sam’s social communication skills, interactions and relationships. For example, would we recommend compiling a pros and cons list to determine if Sam should date Paige? We also talk about his family, the support they provide, and other considerations for family members of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
We examine which aspects of Sam’s character more accurately portray autism and which are more related to “Hollywood magic.” Speaking of “Hollywood magic,” we break down the portrayal of Sam’s therapy and the therapeutic relationship between Sam and his therapist, Julia. Do all therapists slow dance with their teenage patients in a parking garage? Tune in to find out!