There are a number of different approaches and therapies available for children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum, and the amount of information available on each one can be daunting for professionals and parents alike. Autism, Educational and Theoretical Approaches offers concise and clear explanations of a variety of proposed interventions and their effectiveness, and helps the reader to decide on the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

Efrosini Kalyva provides accessible information about recent scientific evidence and the latest research, and allows you to consider the pros and cons of each approach. She focuses on the following areas:

cognitive-behavioral approaches; developing social interaction; alternative communication strategies; developing play; sensory-motor approaches; psychotherapeutic approaches; biochemical approaches

This much-needed guide for practitioners and student teachers will also appeal to interested parents, and to anyone looking for a comparative examination of the variety of treatments on offer.

Other Approaches

Other approaches

Chapter Overview

In this chapter, I briefly present two psychoanalytic therapies that are based on inaccurate theories (namely, a problematic relationship between the child with ASD and his mother). Psychoanalysis uses communication – either verbal or non-verbal – an area where it is documented that children with ASD face great challenges. So, it is difficult to understand how a child who is not able to grasp the meaning and the basic principles of communication can interact effectively with the psychotherapist and resolve his ‘problematic’ relationship with his mother. Even the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reported in 1999 that different forms of psychotherapy are not effective in dealing with ASD and therefore they should not be applied. However, since some parents ...

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