Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Who Cares About Kelsey?


 

I read about a new documentary film today, called Who Cares About Kelsey?

It's the second film by Dan Habib. His first production was Including Samuel about his and his wife's efforts to mainstream their second child, who happens to have cerebral palsy. I hadn't heard about Habib's first film, but I watched the trailer today. His son has got to have the biggest smile on the planet! The movie is about two years old, but I'd love to catch it some day.

Right now, I'm anxious to see his new movie, however. The title subject, Kelsey, is a high school girl with ADHD and emotional/behavioral issues. Just watching the three-minute trailer brought me to tears.

Any ADHD parent has fears for their child's future.  I know I think about Dylan's future almost constantly. Heck, he had trouble with fourth grade!  What's middle school going to be like??  High school?? Will college be an option for him?

I know it will be painful, but I really want to see Who Cares About Kelsey? What I've read about it suggests that it has at least a somewhat happy "ending," although the end seems to be just as Kelsey graduates high school - so it's certainly not "the end."

The trailer and the article I read in Education Week both suggest that even with all the hardship Kelsey faced, she was also lucky that she had teachers and administrators at her school who were really interested in her and in helping her to succeed. We all know that is not always the case. So often, kids who are outside the norm are seen as too much trouble. ADHD is tough enough; I can only imagine how much worse it is with significant behavioral issues, too.

I'm trying to find a way to bring a screening to New Orleans. Everything I've seen about the film suggests that it's worth seeing, for all parents. 

Learn more about Who Cares About Kelsey and let me know if you've seen it or if there's a screening coming to your community.

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