A new study published in SFARI tests the controversial idea that the everyday interactions between caregiver and child can shape the course of autism. Below are important quotes from the article that are foundational understanding the Relationship Development Intervention model.

“The dynamic exchanges with a caregiver are a crucial part of any child’s development.”

“An infant who avoids making eye contact, pays little attention to faces and doesn’t respond to his or her name gives parents few opportunities to engage. The resulting lack of social interaction may reinforce the baby’s withdrawal, funneling into a negative feedback loop that intensifies mild symptoms into a full-blown disorder.”

“Autism disrupts the relationship between the child and the caregiver, and that plays out in many ways.” Read more about the MindGuiding Relationship here

“By changing the dynamic between parents and children at high risk of autism, Green says, his team is trying to change the trajectory of the children’s development.”
“Basically, parents have to work with what the child brings to the table” Read more about the ASD infant’s inability take advantage of good parenting

“The more that we work towards some type of intervention that’s non-stigmatizing, that becomes more normalized, then parents will be able to do it in the privacy of their own homes and maybe make a difference for their babies”

These excerpt are from, The social network: How everyday interactions shape autism by Nicholette Zeliadt. Read the full article here.

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