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Psychotherapy of Small Children

Authored by Jaklewicz, H., and Popek L. in Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Volume 11, Issue 1, p. 5-10, (2009).

Article summary (posted Apr 8, 2010)


Psychotherapy may be useful in helping small children with autism to notice their peers and learn what their peers are feeling.

This article reviews the use of psychotherapy for young children and presents a case study of the use of psychotherapy to treat a child with autism. For small children psychotherapy may involve play therapy, music therapy, or drawings. Music therapy is used because it brings the child back to fetal life and the feel of the mother’s heart beat. Drawing can be used to see the problems that the child is having and to watch the progress of the child during psychotherapy. Drawings may be very helpful in learning about the world of a child with autism.

You can access the original abstract and the complete paper is sometimes available for free via Google Scholar (look for entries that say "PDF").

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