Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Swim Team...Review & Giveaway!

I have a really great documentary to tell you about today that is now available from PBS.  Swim Team is an inspiring DVD featuring a small town swim team comprised of kids on the autism spectrum.  I was riveted and I think it is a must watch.  Here is the scoop...


PBS Distribution has released the inspiring documentary, “POV: SWIM TEAM” on DVD. The film chronicles the lives of three diverse young men on the autistic spectrum with a common passion and love for swimming.



When doctors told Michael and Maria McQuay that their son with autism would never be self-sufficient, the pair responded by seeking out a series of therapies and programs for him. After discovering there was a dearth of suitable public services, they formed their own swim team for children with developmental disabilities.

The film follows three diverse young men—Michael McQuay Jr., Robert Justino and Kelvin Truong—from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, who fall on the autism spectrum. New Jersey reports the highest rate of autism in the country, with one in 26 boys on the spectrum. On the McQuays’ team, the Jersey Hammerheads, these young men find inclusion, independence and space to achieve their loftiest goals.





At its heart, the eye-opening Swim Team chronicles the hard work and dedication the Hammerheads undertake to make life work in, and out, of the swimming pool. Justino dreams of making video games, despite predictions from his teachers that store clerking will be the only job available to him. Truong, who also has Tourette’s syndrome, struggles with controlling verbal and physical outbursts.





Compassionate and perceptive, filmmaker Lara Stolman also manages to capture the parents’ hopes and frustrations. As Truong’s mother shows the holes that Truong has made in the walls at home, she maintains a smile, though her voice quavers at times. Stolman makes clear that the parents face financial burdens, compounded by an underfunded public school system ill-equipped to support special-needs children and young adults.





The Jersey Hammerheads rack up medals and eventually make it to the state Summer Games at the Special Olympics. One member of the team even goes on to compete in the national Special Olympics games.





The Hammerheads feel most comfortable in the pool’s fast lane. “When I’m swimming,” says Michael McQuay Jr., “I feel normal".




My Thoughts:  Wow.  As a parent this program really moved me and at times is was even hard to watch.  The struggles these kids and their parents have to go through is staggering and it will really get you thinking about the services (or lack of!) that are available to kids on the spectrum.  Watching these kids work hard to achieve success in the pool and out is simply awe inspiring.  I would recommend this DVD to anyone with older children to watch together as a way to start the conversations about differences and how we can be there for one another.  I do want to note that one of the boys has Tourette's and sometimes this makes his language a bit "R" rated so keep that in mind.

You can buy this inspiring DVD on Amazon...




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31 comments:

Joseph Wallace said...

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hannah k said...

I'd watch this with my nephew.

Jackie said...

I would watch this with my daughter. This sounds like very interesting and I'd love to see it.
Thank you!

brandi swanson said...

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Marty C. said...

I'd watch it by myself -- my kiddos are too small to enjoy it.

Sunnie said...

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Audra said...

I would watch with my daughter

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Ken Ohl said...

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LeAnn Harbert said...

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Renee said...

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Dawn Ballo said...

I will watch it with my daughter.

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Margaret said...

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Erin from Alabama said...

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Alison said...

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juanita may said...

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Eileen Boyce said...

My daughter boyfriend and friend our swimmers for the school team. I'd watch with them.

Stephanie said...

I will watch this with my friend's daughter. I know she will enjoy it.

lkw1974 said...

Would watch with my family. Thank you

Maryrose Hazzard said...

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Robyn L said...

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Clair Freebie said...

I would watch this with my daughter!

talonnd said...

watch by myself