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Child psychotherapy for children on the autistic spectrum

ByMARIA RHODE

Psychoanalytic work with children on the autistic spectrum has seen some of the most exciting advances in child psychotherapy that have taken place within the past thirty-odd years. When things go well, treatment can bring great bene®t to the children and their families; it can also shed light on fundamental areas of human experience. In spite of this, it remains a controversial intervention. In many parts of the United Kingdom, children and families who might be helped are not referred for psychotherapy.