In April, the New York Times reported that researchers from MIT, Yale, and Cambridge, inspired by Life, Animated, are teaming up to study the effectiveness of structuring therapy around a child’s affinity. This was thrilling news, and research we will watch closely. But (as anyone who has ever suffered from a chronic condition knows well) scientific research is slow to unfold. And our curiosity on this front–bolstered by your curiosity in the form of countless letters–is strong!
As such, Dr. Dan Griffin (Owen’s longtime therapist, with whom we devised exercises like ‘Educating Zazu’) and I came up with an informal poll to complement the formal research that is soon to be underway. Through it, we’re hoping to get a sense of who else out there has had experiences like ours with Owen. We ask questions about your child’s passions, and about how others have responded to those passions. We’re hoping this will give us a richer sense of how affinities operate in individual lives that will assist us in better documenting and channeling those affinities in the future.
You can access the short survey here:
All information will be kept completely anonymous, and we won’t use your e-mail for any purpose other than to share our results in the coming months.
If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to suskind [dot] lifeanimated [at] gmail [dot] com!
Many thanks, Ron & Dr. Griffin