Sunday, September 28, 2008

Autism x 6

Make sure to check out this hour-long special airing on the Discovery Channel about a family with six autistic children. It airs on October 1st at 8 PM.

Here is the article about the family & the show:

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- When John and Robin Kirton
first married, they knew they wanted to have a large family -- but like many
couples, they had no idea what they were in for. Today, the Kirtons are the
parents of six children -- each of whom has been diagnosed with autism.
Discovery Health presents an intimate view of life with multiple autistic
children in AUTISM x6, an hour-long special premiering Wednesday, October 1,
at 8 PM (ET/PT).

To say the Kirtons live modestly would be an understatement. The entire
eight-member Kirton family resides in 1,100-square-foot house with a single
bathroom located outside of Salt Lake City. Caring for the children's special
needs requires round-the-clock supervision, making it impossible for either
parent to have a permanent full-time job and causing financial resources to be
scarce. Autism x6 takes viewers into the Kirtons' world and offers a view of
John and Robin's daily struggle to maintain order in the midst of chaos, where
the household can spin out of control the moment they turn their backs.

Considered to be a spectrum disorder, autism ranges from severe to mild --
and the Kirton children span the entire spectrum. Viewers will meet --

-- Mary, 3: Diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise
specified (PDD-NOS) -- the least severe form of autism

-- Ammon, 4: Diagnosed with classic autism -- the most severe end of the

-- Sarah, 6: Diagnosed with classic autism

-- Nephi, 9: Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome -- a high-functioning form
of autism

-- Emma, 10: Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

-- Bobby, 14: Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

AUTISM x6 is the portrait of a resilient family coping with the struggles
of each day by rolling with the punches and maintaining their sense of humor.
The documentary also serves as a profile of the unconditional love that
parents feel for their children.

"We did not choose to have autistic children, but they are here," said
John. "We love them, and we want to do the best we can for them. That's the
right thing to do."

Online at, visitors can learn more about the Kirton
family as well as access a variety of resources for more information on

AUTISM x6 is produced for Discovery Health by Figure 8 Films. For
Discovery Health, Alon Orstein is executive producer. For Figure 8 Films,
Bill Hayes is executive producer and Monica Lange is producer, writer and


The Kirton family have a blog that is actually in my Autism Blog list on the right side of the page as well as a site, Autism Bites, that sells their great t-shirts!

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