Wally Kurth Opens Up About GH's Autism Storyline


This week on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ned will adopt his stepson.

Leo makes Olivia's little boy an official member of the Quartermaine family.

The timing of the adoption coincides with April being Autism Awareness Month;

As viewers will recall, Leo was diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum late last year.

For Ned's portrayer, Wally Kurth, the ongoing GH storyline with Leo's autism holds a special meaning as his son, 17-year-old Brogan, is autistic.

"I think they have done a great job," Kurth told TV Insider.

Executive producer Frank Valentini personally reached out to him to share that the soap planned to have Leo be autistic.

"The writers knew about [Brogan and] Frank wanted to know how I felt about it."

"He wanted me to know that it was somewhat from my own experience that they were inspired to tell this story."

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to children on the autism spectrum, and Kurth commends the soap for doing their research.

"The writers have done an excellent job at looking at Leos's past, present, and future and designed."

"I think, a very accurate and truthful telling of a child who has to deal with [autism]." the Emmy nominee shared.

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