One Family’s Communication Breakthrough: Animation

When Owen Suskind was very young, he developed regressive autism, and lost his ability to verbally communicate. He developed a fixation with Disney movies, and one day, his parents discovered he would repeat the words he heard onscreen. So his father picked up a puppet of Iago, a favorite Disney character of Owen’s, and tried speaking to Owen in that character’s voice — and amazingly, Owen spoke back.

In the following interview by Lesley Stahl, you’ll hear from Ron and his wife Cornelia, see clips of Owen as a child, and hear from Owen on what life is like as a 23-year-old. Watch the clip to learn more about this extraordinary story.

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