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Cashin, A. (2004). Painting the Vortex: The Existential Structure of the Experience of Parenting a Child with Autism. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 13(3):164-174.

(2004). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13(3):164-174

Painting the Vortex: The Existential Structure of the Experience of Parenting a Child with Autism

Andrew Cashin

The experience of parenting a child with autism is one of change to the parent's self. The associated triad of impairment in autism of impaired communication, social skills and a repetitive way of being permeates into the self of the parent through the medium of the social parent child relationship. This is a progressive process likened to the parent being pulled into a vortex. The existential mechanisms through which this may plausibly occur are considered.

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