Autism in Childhood and Autistic Features in Adults
Psychoanalytic Perspective

Edited by Kate Barrows
Paper: 978 1 85575 424 9 / $42.95
Published: August 2008  

Publisher: Karnac Books
310 pp., 5 3/4" x 9"
Series: Psychoanalytic Ideas
This is the first collection of papers published which spans work with autistic children and autistic features in adults. Many of the adult patients described are less ill than autistic children whose development has ground to a halt at an early age, but at the core of their difficulties can be found autistic features remarkably similar to those of the more floridly disturbed children. This leads several writers to conclude that autistic features are to be found in many adults—some would say in all of us. The insights contained in these papers open up access to deep levels of the human psyche and have far-reaching clinical implications.

Classics in the field are included as well as some more recent publications, with chapters by Frances Tustin, Anne Alvarez, Maria Rhode, Susan Reid, Paul Barrows, D. Houzel and D. Simpson. In the field of work with adults, there are contributions by Frances Tustin, Sydney Klein, Thomas Ogden, Noemi and Pualuan de Gomberoff, Kate Barrows and Caroline Polmear.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; About the Editor and Contributors; Introduction—Kate Barrows; PART I: AUTISM IN CHILDREN 1) A Psychiatric Approach to Autism and its Relationship to a Psychoanalytic Perspective—David Simpson; 2) A Significant Element in the Development of Psychogenic Autism—Frances Tustin; 3) Finding the Wavelength: Tools in Communication with Children with Autism; 4) Analysis of a Little Girl With an Autistic Syndrome—Velleda Cecchi; 5) “Playful” Therapy: Working With Autism and Trauma—Paul Barrows; 6) The Creation of Psychic Space, The “Nest of Babies” Fantasy and the Emergence of the Oedipus Complex—Dider Houzel; 7) Joining the Human Family—Maria Rhode; PART II: AUTISTIC FEATURES IN ADULTS 8) Autistic Phenomena in Neurotic Patients—H. Sydney Klein; 9) The Rhythm of Safety—Frances Tustin; 10) The Autistic Object: Its Relationship with Narcissism in the Transference and Countertransference of Neurotic and Borderline Patients—Mario J. Gomberoff, Carmen C. Noemi and Liliana Pualuan de Gomberoff; 11) Working Analytically with Autistic-Contiguous Aspects of Experience—Thomas H. Ogden; 12) On the Survival Function of Autistic Manoeuvres in Adult Patients—Judith Mitrani; 13) Keeping the Ghosts at Bay: An Autistic Retreat an its Relationship to Parental Losses—Kate Barrows; 14) Finding the Bridge: Psychoanalysis with Two Adults with Autistic Features—Caroline Polmear; Index

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