CBBC Newsround program wins Emmy Kids award

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeGaffIJvHM

A documentary produced by children’s BBC about living with Autism has won the best factual program at the 2013 international Emmy Kids Award.

Childrens BBC Newsround is a section of the British Broadcasting Corporation devoted entirely to producing factual and interesting content for children. This particular program was created after the Newshound team became aware that a young girl was writing a book about Autism with her mother.  This book formed the basis of the documentary produced by Newsround.

It stars 13-year-old Rosie who is the main presenter of the film. Born with Autism she describes living with the Autism in a very open and honest style.

According to the executive producer, Daniel Clarke: “It felt risky to make a program for kids presented by an Autistic child, mainly because of the of the obvious thing that it’s not always straightforward for people with autism to talk about their feelings, especially if they’re young,’ he explains.”

However Rosie ended up becoming one of the most magnetic and compelling characters in the documentary.  Her authentic nature made the program more appealing.

From its creation the documentary received some really positive feedback about its portrayal of Autism. It was then nominated for the international award and won.

Leslie Burby

51FB0nhzuQL._UX250_Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014). She resides in CT with her husband and three kids. Two of her three children are on the autism spectrum. She is a Board Member for Hope 4 Autism and is working with IEPHelp.com to encourage schools and parents to work collaboratively to improve education for all special needs students. Before becoming a mother, Leslie tutored special needs students while running her statewide tutoring company, L.D. Tutoring. She attended Franklin Pierce College and the University of Saint Joseph. Leslie spends most of her professional time writing, advocating, innovating new programs and researching the topics of autism and parenting.

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