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Sidekicks

"What I experienced during one visit gave me hope..."
- A mother after trying Sidekicks with her child

We are currently offering families with kids on the autism spectrum the opportunity to use Sidekicks as part of a free, at-home Pilot Program. Sign up now to be one of the first to test this new way to communicate and connect with your child.

The Sidekicks App and Service

Sidekicks, our new smartphone app and online service, enables parents to connect with their children through their strongest interests or “affinities” by weaving video clips into their conversations about social, emotional and practical topics. Parents who have tested Sidekicks have raved about it!

One parent wrote us when her daughter, a “very quiet” 17-year-old with autism, asked several times to use Sidekicks again, saying: “That was fun and I want to talk more like that.” The mom continued, “I believe that the tool that you are developing is going to make a difference in many lives!”

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Sidekicks’ Origins

As told in his best-selling book, Life, Animated, Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia, turned their son Owen’s affinity for animated movies into a pathway for Owen to express his passion for life and for his family… and it worked! Based on this success, Ron developed a revolutionary new online service, Sidekicks, that could help thousands to connect with their children in the same way. This short video captures the origins of Sidekicks.

A feature-length documentary of Owen’s life – also entitled Life, Animated – premiered January 23rd at the Sundance Film Festival to overflow crowds and rave reviews! Click here to learn more and watch a clip.

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“I can talk to her and she understands how I feel!”

A child after trying Sidekicks

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“That was fun and I want to talk more like that.”

A 17-year-old with autism after trying sidekicks

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“I believe that the tool that you are developing is going to make a difference in many lives!”

A mother after trying sidekicks