Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder : Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience, offers a guide to understanding and treating the ASD toddler from the dual perspectives of psychoanalysis and neurofunction through describing in great detail intensive treatments of four children who began therapy as toddlers. The authors hypothesize that dyadic therapy and Reflective Network Therapy can impact a child by modifying the biochemistry of the brain, resulting in alteration of emotion and cognition. Their chapter on neurobiological mechanisms of change describes these hypotheses in depth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 23mm | 481g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 1 Tables, unspecified; 4 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765708620
  • 9780765708625
  • 2,375,595

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Table of contents


William Singletary, MD


Part I. Dyadic Therapy
Chapter 1: Introduction to Dyadic Work with Toddlers
Chapter 2: Johnny
Chapter 3: Corey
Chapter 4: Ethan
Chapter 5: Conclusion

Part II. Referential Network Therapy
Chapter 6: Introduction to the Method of Referential Network Therapy
Chapter 7: Dahlia

Part III. Neurobiology and Psychoanalysis
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Chapter 8: Neurobiology, Neuroplasticity and Psychoanalytic Treatment
Chapter 9: Models of ASD: A Remarkable Confluence




About the Authors
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This book, with its central focus on the parent-child relationship, offers a unique and very important contribution. Parents struggle terribly in their efforts to make sense of the behavior of a child with a wide range of neuro-developmental challenges that currently fall under the heading of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Drawing on extensive evidence from the fields of genetics and neuroscience as well as in-depth clinical material, the authors show how a clinician can set these children on healthy developmental paths by supporting parents' efforts to find meaning in their children's behavior. -- Claudia M. Gold, MD, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, author of "Keeping Your Child in Mind" This is a cutting-edge book about autism spectrum disorder. It has concise summaries of numerous etiologic and associated factors known concerning ASD. The clinical vignettes include heartening and compelling examples of new and old therapies and how treated children can `lose' their ASD diagnoses. -- Gilbert Kliman, MD, The Children's Psychological Trauma Center
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About Susan P. Sherkow

Susan P. Sherkow, MD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and Society as well as a child supervising analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She has forty years of experience working with autistic children and is founder of the Sherkow Center.

Alexandra M. Harrison, MD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is the author of the blog

William M. Singletary, MD, is a child and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia with approximately twenty-five years of experience treating autism spectrum disorder.
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