Q: Who was the first person cast in the show? I love the casting. - Amanda Soto I consulted with Tommy Schlamme, who directed the pilot, and our casting directors ...More »
About Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger syndrome was first described by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger in the 1940s, who observed boys who possessed normal intelligence and language development traits but were experiencing challenges with social and communication skills. Though it was classified as a separate disorder from autism in 1994, many professionals feel that Asperger syndrome is simply a milder form of autism; they use the term "high-functioning autism." Separate or not, it is a very real condition that can have a significant impact on affected families, like the fictional Bravermans of "Parenthood."
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Click here to learn more about the organization.
How You Can Help
Autism Speaks also organizes walks all across the country to raise funds and awareness. To find a walk in your area, click here.
Q: Mr. Katims, I must say that your show is a metaphor for life-long lessons. I look to these characters and can see so many similarities to me and my ...More »
Thank you so much for your overwhelming response - your questions are full of such positive feedback, and insightful inquiries. (Of course they probably only show me the nice ones.) ...More »