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OU on the BBC: Growing Children - Autism

Updated Monday 13th August 2012

In this first episode of Growing Children, Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover the different ways an autistic brain works

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Zaine Clarke Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Zaine Clarke, a young boy featured in this episode The first episode of Growing Children focuses on autism, a condition we're only just beginning to truly understand. In this episode, we learn about the condition along with Laverne, beginning to understand the different ways in which the brain of someone on the autistic spectrum operates, as well as the heart-wrenching effect this can have on them and their families.

Laverne meets three children with this condition: Tony, a severely autistic teenager who requires full-time care from his family; Jake who's been diagnosed with high functioning autism and his younger brother Zaine who's also beginning to show autistic traits; and Michael, a 19-year-old with high functioning autism who is studying physics at the University of Surrey. 

These powerful stories are intermingled with interviews with leading scientists in the field that help to further illuminate this condition.

Growing Children: Autism is first shown on BBC Four on 13th August 2012 at 9.00pm. For further broadcast details and to watch online where available, please visit

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