Elizabeth Truslow (1999) Modern Psychoanalytic Framework and the Treatment of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

In this thesis I explore the use of a modern psychoanalytic framework in the treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders. I have attempted to place this study within an historical context through a review of the literature on autism since the diagnosis came into existence in 1943. The literature is vast, so my review is selective. I have tried to include writings, which are representative of major trends. I give an overview of current treatment techniques since treatment of children on the autistic spectrum is often multifaceted, and an interdisciplinary approach is the norm. I describe my own work with children in two case studies, and then discuss the relevance of a modern psychoanalytic framework to treatment of children within the context of their environments.