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Voran, M. (2013). The Protest of a 6-Month-Old Girl: Is This a Prodrome of Autism?. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 12(3):139-155.

(2013). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 12(3):139-155

The Protest of a 6-Month-Old Girl: Is this a Prodrome of Autism?

The Protest of a 6-Month-Old Girl: Is This a Prodrome of Autism? Related Papers

Miriam Voran

This article describes the infant-parent psychotherapy of a 6-month-old girl. This anxious, almost inconsolable, baby girl used withdrawal, dissociation, self-harm, auto-stimulation, and passive to active reversal, especially with her mother. Both her parent's feared she was autistic. Indeed, the baby, as if protesting what she felt to be a painful interaction with her mother, developed defenses that, to the author, looked autistic. During five months of infant-parent psychotherapy, her parents learned to contemplate her emotional life and helped her become a normally developing toddler. This case raises the question: If the child's defenses had become entrenched, would she have eventually been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder?

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