Slow movements that create hope: Psychotherapy with a boy diagnosed with ASD

Vasquez, Carlos (2021) Slow movements that create hope: Psychotherapy with a boy diagnosed with ASD. In: Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Primary Schools: Tavistock Approaches. Tavistock Clinic Series . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 141-159. ISBN 9781032023182

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Abstract

In this chapter the author presents his work as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in a Special Needs School, focusing on psychotherapy with a 5-year-old boy with a diagnosis of autism. Providing child psychoanalytic psychotherapy within a special school lends itself to the slow movement that children with ASD need in order to develop their capacity to relate. A gradual approach is anchored in the familiarity of the institutional setting, which forms part of the therapy setting. This allows for a bit-by-bit awareness of difference, which is necessary in order for a child with ASD to begin to tolerate wider and deeper emotional experiences, including separateness and separation. Working closely with school staff as well as family means that there is immediate and ongoing support for even the tiniest shifts in a child’s capacity. When the relationship between psychotherapy, family. and the school is working well enough, developments in the child can be met by developments in the family and school systems, promoting reality-based hope of contact with a lively other.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2506

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