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The Misunderstood Minds project consists of three elements: the PBS documentary, the companion Web site on PBS Online, and the Developing Minds Multimedia Library. A co-production of the Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd., and WGBH Boston, the documentary is a 90-minute film that examines several learning problems and disabilities by following five families who try, together with experts, to solve the mysteries of their children's learning difficulties. Produced and directed by renowned "Frontline" filmmaker Michael Kirk and narrated by ABC's "Nightline" correspondent and guest anchor Chris Bury, Misunderstood Minds is scheduled to air Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In correspondence with the documentary, the Misunderstood Minds' Web site contains profiles of the students in the documentary, as well as sections on attention, reading, writing, and mathematics. In addition, the site contains an interactive feature entitled Firsthand that provides a sense of what it may be like for a student struggling with a learning disability. The multimedia library of videos and print guides is designed to help parents and teachers of elementary and middle-school children explore differences in learning through the approach and conceptual framework of developmental-behavioral pediatrician, author, and professor Dr. Mel Levine. Ordering information may be obtained by downloading the brochures on the order videos page of the Web site.
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