How Dining Out with My Daughter Inspired My Autism Studies

Dr. Pelphrey with his daughter Frances
Service with a smille: At the Citrus Diner in Virginia Beach the staff turns down the music when Kevin Pelphrey and his daughter Frances arrive for breakfast (Photo by Annie Pelphrey).
May 12, 2016

"Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety," said Dr. Kevin Pelphrey, director of GW's Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. 

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