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autism-connected-babyAutism is commonly understood as a condition that causes a person to withdraw from and avoid social interaction.

What if that isn’t true?

There is a growing amount of scientific evidence that shows that traditional definitions of autism need to be revised.

Even people with severe autism want to connect, if we can connect with them in a way that feels safe and predictable.

When brains can predict, and even control, the rhythm of an interaction with another person, then that interaction feels safe. The pattern is recognisable and familiar. This explanation is the basis for interventions like Intensive Interaction, which have been used to connect with people who cope with very severe autism.

The effectiveness of this approach leads us to ask new questions about what exactly autism is and how might it be affect a person’s ability to display the inescapable capacity for connection with which they were born?

These are important questions to ask, because autism rates are quickly rising throughout the world. We need to better understand it if we are to provide the best care and support for people with autism.

For more insights into dementia and connection, see our connected baby guides.

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attachment-connected-babyEvery time you start your day, you draw on the emotional attachment processes your brain built as a baby.

Perhaps you wish your partner a good day at work, give the dog one last fond pat, confidently place your youngest child in the arms of her childminder, worry whether your older child is going to patch things up with his mates at school, and turn your mind nervously to the meeting you will shortly be having with your manager.

All of these experiences travel personalised neural circuits, not in place when you were born which which you had laid down largely by the time you were one year of age.

It is astounding to realise how much of our adult lives are influenced by experiences we had before we could walk, talk, or consciously remember.

For more insights into attachment and connection, see our connected baby guides and films.

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