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Autism is caused by poor attachment?

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LosPollosHermanos17 Mon 29-May-17 13:26:40

I have recently been involved in therapy that says autism is caused by poor attachment with the parents causing all the symptoms. I thought this was an outdated theory. Just wondered what other people think of this?

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Mon 29-May-17 13:27:33

It's complete shit

DoubleHelix79 Mon 29-May-17 13:27:57

Total BS and has been debunked many years ago. Ignore. I'd question the credentials of the person running this.

LivingInMidnight Mon 29-May-17 13:28:23

I'd find a new therapist.

Trifleorbust Mon 29-May-17 13:29:27


TeenAndTween Mon 29-May-17 13:29:33


LadyPW Mon 29-May-17 13:29:44

I think the theory is directly related to what comes out of the rear end of bulls.

Garnethair Mon 29-May-17 13:30:11

What a heap of crap

DramaAlpaca Mon 29-May-17 13:30:43

What type of therapy is this OP?

user1491572121 Mon 29-May-17 13:30:50

What "therapy" is this OP? It's obviously shite.

Bettyspants Mon 29-May-17 13:33:33

Complete rubbish. There is no VALID research to support this outdated and debunked theory. I'd link it to the mmr causes autism crap.

AlexanderHamilton Mon 29-May-17 13:33:43


Both my children are autistic. Dd has Aspergers. She hates touch, from a tiny baby didn't like cuddles, is very independent & can seem aloof but is not ashamed to hold my hand even at age 15 & she tells me everything.

Ds on the other hand is high functioning with demand avoidance. He's the most sniffly child you've ever known. Age 13 he would still co sleep if we let him, sits on your knee, loves hugs & is very affectionate.

Same parents two totally different kids. Go figure.

BastardBloodAndSand Mon 29-May-17 13:34:04

Actual Autism isn't no.

But cases where kids have been severely neglected can develop Autism like traits if that makes sense ?? To help them cope with the world around them.

But ye common, garden Autistic person is just Autistic. Bugger all with parenting.

AlexanderHamilton Mon 29-May-17 13:34:30

That should read snuggly child not sniffly.

AlexanderHamilton Mon 29-May-17 13:34:48

That should read snuggly child not sniffly.

YouTheCat Mon 29-May-17 13:35:38

Utter balls.

PaintingByNumbers Mon 29-May-17 13:35:58

personal opinion, this theory is perhaps based on observation eg mother or father has undiagnosed autism, child has diagnosed autism, observers notice a detached style of parenting.

LittleMisslikestobebythesea Mon 29-May-17 13:37:02

I'm autistic as is DS1, he had lots of love and affection as a baby, and still does now, I find attitudes like that very offensive (not having a go at you OP)

RedScissors Mon 29-May-17 13:38:53

There's a psychologist called Suzanne Zeedyke who does a lot of work on attachment and trauma in the early years.

Trauma in the early years can result in a child displaying behaviours which can be mistaken for autism.

PaintingByNumbers Mon 29-May-17 13:43:04

it was called the refrigerator mother I think? 1950s style.

MsAnnThropic Mon 29-May-17 13:43:59

It's not true. However, children with severe attachment disorder do display many of the traits of ASD, and I am aware of cases where attachment disorder has been misdiagnosed as ASD.

BeyondStrongAndStable Mon 29-May-17 13:45:14

This was debunked before the mmr crap even started! How old is the therapist?!

Alfieisnoisy Mon 29-May-17 13:45:45

Yes, a load of rubbish, DS is the most tactile, loving and affectionate child going. This has stemmed from me being a tactile, loving and affectionate Mum. He is still autistic though and the theory of "refrigerator Mothers" was debunked many years ago.

milliemolliemou Mon 29-May-17 13:46:36


jamrock Mon 29-May-17 13:46:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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