Emotional life of autistic spectrum children: What do we want from child psychotherapy treatment?

Urwin, Cathy (2011) Emotional life of autistic spectrum children: What do we want from child psychotherapy treatment? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 25 (3). pp. 245-261. ISSN 0266-8734

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This paper describes an ongoing evaluation of child psychotherapy with seven children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The assessment and evaluation model used involves parents and enhances shared understanding of each child's experience and characteristics, respecting individual strengths and limitations. Treatment aims include understanding the children's phenomenological experience and enhancing emotional regulation, to produce positive benefits for family life and the children's wellbeing. Common characteristics are identifiable despite differences between the children. Modifications in psychotherapy technique are illustrated with three cases. Nevertheless, the emerging phantasy life of these children shows commonalities with that of non-ASD children, further justifying the appropriateness of a psychoanalytic approach. The importance of these children's relationships with their psychotherapists and parents’ involvement in supporting the psychotherapy are stressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Hopes and Expectations for Treatment Approach, Autistic Object, Resilience
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 10:57
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 17:30
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/662

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