1 x 55 min documentary
Stranger in the Family invites viewers to share the lives of three Australian families for a year, as they manage children with autism, a disorder that affects one in every 500 children born each year. Autism occurs in all social and ethnic groups. Until recently, most autistic children were institutionalised because they were considered ‘unreachable’. Two of the families in this film have two children with the disorder. Having one autistic child increases the chances of having a second one. All the children attend Giant Steps, a special school using a holistic one-on-one therapy that originated in Canada.