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Psychiatry and the ASD Child

stand-out-from-the-crowdAn excerpt from Dr. Sherkow’s new book:

“Psychoanalysis, having been conceived as a theory and treatment of the mind based on biological processes, allows for the perspective of seeing any child in relation to his own unique biological nature while taking into account universal social, motoric, and cognitive expectencies and the acquisition of a hierarchy of skills and competencies. Our work in emphasizing developmental processes continues to be based on the inextricability of mind and body, equally so for a neurotypical child and an ASD child. That the polarized features of ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ are now thought to be inseparable perspectives of the same process is especially relevant in ASD, where, in our experience, the ‘uniqueness’ of each child is more apparent than the ‘sameness,’ despite the triad of diagnostic criteria.”

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience by Susan P. Sherkow and Alexandra M. Harrison with contributions by William M. Singletary, page xvi
Want to read more? The book is now available from Amazon.com and Rowman & Littlefield.