Exploring Autism in the Movie, Rain Man Essay

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Exploring Autism in the Movie, Rain Man

Autism is considered a unique disorder that affects 1 in 500 people. Autism impairs three main areas of human development: speech, communication, and social interaction. The trademark feature of autism is impaired social interaction. All impairments can range from mild to severe. Individuals with autism may lack speech altogether or only learn basic language specific to their needs. In the area of social interaction, the individual is often withdrawn from others. They lack the ability to comprehend facial expressions and the actions of others are confusing. Many individuals with autism lack interest in social interaction. There is a lack of imagination and
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These two brothers, separated at a young age by Raymond's exceptional condition, find themselves later in life brought together by their father's death. The drama begins with a young man (Charlie) sorting through his acceptance with his father's death, or shall I say basically waiting to find out exactly what his inheritance may be. The Babbot family never really had a history of "togetherness," as Charlie and Raymond's mother lost her life at their young age. After her death Raymond was sent off to WallBrook, a facility meeting the needs of exceptional people. As the inheritance is read to Charlie, he finds himself left with only a Buick convertible and a rose bush, while the rest of his father's $3.5 million estate was left to a trustee. Distraught with the idea that someone else has the money that Charlie needs, he heads off to meet with the trustee at WallBrook. Once there, Charlie Babbot finds himself not helped at all and upon leaving meets Raymond Babbot, which begins the story of Rain Man. Raymond Babbot is autistic.

Raymond has an extensive routine which he follows daily from the times of television shows he watches, to bed times, to food he eats, even in the exact arrangement of his room. Anything interfering with this exact routine makes Raymond extremely nervous. He also has trouble making
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