Treating autism with communication



The theme is the specifics of mental dysontogenesis in autism which is linked to disruption in the development of affectiv¬ity, which normally defines active relationships of a child with people and environment in general. It is shown that one condition of psychological support for an autistic child is working towards normalizing their affective development, an emotional/notional approach is suggested, directed towards solving this task. Resource is sought in establishing emotional contact and interaction with the child and entraining them in cohabitation and comprehension of their surroundings. During developmental communication the child’s endurance in contacts grows, interest forms successively, the mutual organization of the child’s life experience happens, which gives them greater freedom and constructivity.

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Keywords: autism, disturbance in mental development, emotional/notional approach in support of autistic children

Journal rubric: Expert opinion

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Nikolskaya O.S. Treating autism with communication. Autizm i narusheniya razvitiya = Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016. Vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 35–38. DOI: 10.17759/autdd.2016140406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga S. Nikolskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Laboratory of containment and methods of educating children with emotional disturbances, the Institute of Special Pedagogy of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia



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