The most devastating consequence of autism is the loss of access to a Guiding Relationship for infants, which is vital for their growth and development. The lack of a Guiding Relationship is the biggest loss for both infants and parents.
The natural function of parents is to guide the energy and growth-seeking coming from your children. You guide it, channel it, limit it at times, scaffold, modify and elaborate it. But because autistic infants do not provide the energy, action, or enthusiasm for growth, parents have nothing to respond to and become unsuccessful.
In this episode, Dr. Gutstein explains further why understanding this progression is vital for remediation.
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