Dr. Gutstein continues to discuss the typical development of infants in order to lay a foundation for understanding what is happening to our ASD kids.
During the first year, infants begin to take on a more active role in their relationship with others including initiating experience-sharing. They begin to explore, experiment and start to seek out challenge as their growth-seeking drive takes over. Through the child’s growth seeking actions, they become their own agents. They seek out the challenges, they seek out the disorganization, and hopefully they see themselves as the agents of their reorganization.
This process of mental growth becomes something rewarding to the child and something they pursue. By one year old we see them becoming very motivated to pursue this mental growth process even though they’re going to experience that temporary disorganization, that does not deter them one bit.
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