Systemic psychotherapy with families where someone has an autism spectrum condition

Helps, Sarah (2016) Systemic psychotherapy with families where someone has an autism spectrum condition. NeuroRehabilitation, 38 (3). pp. 223-230. ISSN 1053-8135 Full text available

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BACKGROUND: Families play an important role in facilitating the development and well-being of children with autism spectrum conditions. OBJECTIVES: After setting the scene with a clinical example, and providing a brief discussion of the current thinking about the aetiology of Autism spectrum conditions, this paper provides a review of the literature regarding the practice of systemic psychotherapy with families in which a child has an autism spectrum condition (ASC). METHODS: A search of databases and journals revealed a large number of opinion papers regarding how family therapists might work with families of children with ASCs and a smaller number of papers that describe or explore actual clinical practice. RESULTS: Pilot studies using qualitative methods and practice-based evidence in the form of descriptions of clinical work offer a solid footing on which to develop systemic practice to help families where a person has an ASC. CONCLUSION: Given the multifactorial nature of the aetiology of ASCs it is suggested that systemic interventions have the potential to influence changes at multiple levels of functioning for the child and the family.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism Spectrum Condition, Family Therapy, Systemic Psychotherapy
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Couple & Family Therapies > Systemic Family Therapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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