A study from the University of Miami suggests that maternal sensitivity, understood as a combo of affection, responsiveness to the child’s needs, structuring support and education, and the ability to manage presence-absence to foster independency; may influence the development and acquisition of language among children with autism or potentially at risk.
Even though parenting does not cause autism, it doesn’t mean that a difference can be made through adequate parent-sibling interactions. Ask the thousands of parents who raise kids with autism about that.
Some Psychoanalysts theorized, (i.e.: Bruno Bettelheim, The Empty Fortress: Infantile Autism and the Birth of the Self, The Free Press, New York, 1967) that autism in children was caused by (faulty) family psychodynamics. This didn’t lead to any cure or findings, but to a whole lot of troubled and guilty parents.
Click here to read the adapted article of the University of Miami from Science Daily.
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