January 10, 2011 â€” A new theatrical performance in Delaware sheds light on the impact of autism on the family. It tells the story of a mother’s journey from resistance to acceptance of her autistic daughter and of herself, a woman with her own complexities. Families are sometime hard-pressed to find energy and compassion to address the unique stressors of raising an autistic child. Some fall apart while others thrive, despite struggles and hardship. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests explore ways families can improve how they function with their autistic children. Guests include playwright Damien Atkins, whose play Lucy opens later this month at The Delaware Theatre Company; director David Stradley and psychologist/author Dr. Robert Naseef, Ph.D., who specializes in families with autistic children; and two mothers of autistic children.
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