Life, animated: A story of sidekicks, heroes, and autism is a 384-page memoir of life with a child who for many years was nonverbal. Deeply entrenched in Disney movies, the author’s son could not communicate with the family. This story is about learning how to connect with him. As with most children, Owen was a happy spirited toddler until about two and a half years old. Something changed at that time, and he regressed.
The book works through Owen’s stages of development from the beginning when he was a typically-developing young child to the “growing backward” stage, the doctors and their tests, to Owen’s fascinations. Disney movies played prominently throughout his life and became the connection the family finally discovered that could reach Owen.