In this episode, Dr. Gutstein explain what is happening initially in the brains of ASD infants as they begin to diverge from typical development.

The prevailing view is that each future ASD infant may be born with a unique profile of vulnerabilities, whose cumulative impact surpasses a “Tipping Point’ leading to the infants’ difficulties regulating their social engagement with parents. This in turn negatively impacts the quality of the parent-infant relationship and thus the ability of the relationship to provide the rich developmental arena that it does for typically developing infants.

ASD infants fail to take advantage of growth-promoting opportunities with parents and eventually become dominated by the need to maintain stability.

Listen in to hear more about what the research says about this initial disengagement.




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