Autism spectrum disorders: a 2007 CDC study in the US, the largest U.S. study of childhood autism to date, has found that about 1 in 150 children have the disorder.
At Infant mental health, we specialize in autism spectrum disorders and the early detection of pre-autism behaviours (as early as 3 months) followed by appropriate interventions especially designed to individual cases. We also train health visitors and paediatricians in identifying the early signs of alarm that parents are often the first to see.
Our comprehensive approach to the treatment of autism spectrum disorders encompasses consultation and assessment, treatment and training. We aim to find and foster good attachments and relationships. We explore the world from the points of view of both the infant and the family. We are then able to identify and address the specific issues for each unique case and address them to delver a good outcome.
Our thinking is guided by “developmental” psychoanalysis, yet we also bear in mind a range of differing theories including neurobiology, psychodynamics, behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, bio-psychological, and socio-cultural therapies.
We have consistently delivered good outcomes using the Parent-Infant Psychotherapeutic approach to incorporate all the critical elements in the child's world into their treatment.
Our multi-disciplinary team works with the infant's emotional, cognitive and physical development and supports parents in finding the best ways to parent their particular child.
Our Multi-disciplinary Clinicians
We are dedicated professionals whose expertise is the field of early emotions and autistic spectrum disorders. We look beyond behaviours in the present to find their causes. Our goal is to understand and facilitate normal communication and the development of emotions and relationships.
Dominique HawksleySocial workerand Integrative Child Psychotherapist
Pediatric Physiotherapist and Integrative Child Psychotherapist
1. Review the section: What can you do
2. If you are still concerned – download the Background Invitation request and Observational Scale and mail it to us with a video of you interacting with your child demonstrating the behaviour that concerns you.