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Max Braverman

Played by: Max Burkholder in Parenthood

Max Samuel Braverman (Max Burkholder) is Adam and Kristina's 14-year-old son (age 9 at the beginning of the series) who is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the beginning of the first season. His struggles and triumphs with this syndrome affect much of what happens in his family. Max is unaware of his diagnosis in the early episodes, but during the second season he learns about it after witnessing a fight between Adam and Crosby. His parents decide to transfer him to a mainstream school after being told that Max is very intelligent. In the season 2 finale, while at the hospital Max becomes very angry saying that he wants pancakes more than he cares about Amber, even going as far as saying that doesn't care about her. Adam scolds Max for his hurtful comments, but Max believes he didn't do anything wrong, though at the end he apologizes to Sarah for what he said. Max has recently been mainstreamed into normal schools in order to challenge him academically. He is trying hard to make friends, though it proves difficult. He does make a friend in season 3, a boy with spina bifida named Micah whose parents are thrilled because, like Max, he's never had a friend before. It is also discovered that Max is academically enriched. Though socially behind others his age, he is academically far above most others his age and older. In the fourth season, he is elected class president of Cedar Knoll Middle School with some help from his older sister Haddie. He is often shown to get along well with and prefer to be with his cousin Amber rather than his sister Haddie because Amber, given her own personal struggles, has a greater understanding of his condition. Source: Wikipedia