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ERIC Number: ED302023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Playtherapy Gives Evidence of Curative Power of Mother-Child Holding as Treatment for Autistic and Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Stades-Veth, Jo
The paper offers a play therapist's evidence for the curative power of intensive mother-child holding of children with emotional problems resulting from separation from the parent and emotional disturbances including autism. Dramatic improvements were observed in the play behaviors of autistic children after enforced cuddling--and these were children whose previous play usually involved meaningless, monotonous, stereotyped activities. The avoidance by autistic infants and young children of physical contact is seen to lead to far less physical closeness between the mother and the autistic child than is the case with non-autistic children. A bibliography of 84 references is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A