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Confronting 'That Autism Thing'

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Confronting 'That Autism Thing'

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Confronting 'That Autism Thing'

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More in the Autism Chronicles

In Part II of this series, the Brown family takes Gibson to a special school. There, he begins to show signs of progress and his parents learn that success is relative.

Throughout Gibson Brown's early years, his parents sense there is something off, but they can't pinpoint what. Doctors aren't much help. Then, an insightful Santa Claus suggests that it might be "that autism thing."

No way, his mother Katrina thinks, comparing her peaceful child with the kicking, screaming version of the disease she's extracted from movies. When a renowned doctor confirms Santa's suspicions, however, the Browns react in a surprising way.

Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions bring us this two-part series.

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