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October 09, 2009

Listening To Chris

Polly Medlicott didn't know much about cerebral palsy when she brought her son, Christian, home from the hospital. As he got older, Chris was unable to speak, walk, feed himself, or even sit up. Until he was a young teenager, Polly assumed Chris was also mentally disabled. Then she began to work with researchers who trained Chris on a form of facilitated communication that seemed to work. Polly became convinced her son Chris was smart and understood much more of what was happening around him than she thought. Polly talks with Dick about her regrets as a mother, and what she's doing now to keep other parents from making the mistakes she thinks she made.

  • Learn about A New Kind of Listening, a film about Chris and an unusual theater project
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