Autism is a condition that can leave one child mildly impaired and another totally lost in a nether world. It is a neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. It affects communication and language skills: speech, touch, and hand eye co-ordination… ‘Stranger in the Family’ looks at the efforts made at a special school in Sydney called Giant Steps. Based on a Canadian model, the school was set up and is maintained by the parents of the students who attend. This documentary looks at the methods of the school, the hopes of the students and parents who have a daily battle with this incurable disease.