A successful Guiding Relationship takes two active participants. But as autism interrupts natural development, infants shut down in their ability to participate and can offer nothing for parents to respond to or guide.

In this episode, Dr. Gutstein highlights research findings about the failure to activate growth seeking and a dominance of stability maintaining in ASD infants.

  • More primitive explorations
  • No invitations for joint engagement
  • Non-functioning repetitive behavior
  • Preference for familiar objects over novelty
  • Few attempts to maintain social engagements
  • Social passivity
  • Less liveliness
  • Lack of initiation
  • Significantly less experience sharing


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