One of the people working with the Netflix show Atypical contacted me through the wonderful Tatum at Different Roads to Learning last fall and told me they would love to use my book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World as a set dressing in their Therapist’s office. I was very honored and of course gave them the okay. Let’s hope that this series helps people better understand autism. Learn more about Atypical.
From the Netflix announcement: “Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced Atypical, a new series from Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace) and Academy Award winning producer Seth Gordon (Baywatch, The Goldbergs, Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), starring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Hateful Eight, Margot at the Wedding, Georgia), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The United States of Tara) and Michael Rapaport (Justified). The series from Sony Pictures Television will begin production in Los Angeles later this year.
The coming of age story follows Sam (played by Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum on his search for love and independence. His funny yet painful journey of self-discovery upends his entire family, forcing them all to grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self discovery, and Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug. Brigette Lundy-Paine (Margot vs Lily, The Glass Castle) will play Sam’s sister Casey and Amy Okuda (How to Get Away with Murder) portrays his therapist Julia.”
1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks.
Developing social skills for teens and tween success can be found in Kirt Manecke’s award-winning book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. The leading autism advocate, Temple Grandin, called Kirt and urged him to use her testimonial get Smile & Succeed for Teens “out to all teens and adults to lower the unemployment rate”. Kirt’s book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service, is the winner of 8 awards, including FOREWORD Book of the Year, and featured in STORES Magazine by the National Retail Federation. Learn more about Kirt on his website.