Lorna Wing

Lorna Wing, the psychiatrist and preeminent researcher who joined with a group of parents to found the National Autistic Society in 1962, died on Friday 6th June.  Lorna Wing’s interest in autism began in the early 1960s with her daughter Susie’s diagnosis of autism and learning difficulties.  Her scientific investigation of the subject led her to challenge the dominant psychoanalytic idea at the time that the root cause of autism disorders was a failure to bond with the mother (the term “refrigerator mothers” was used); instead championing the now accepted view that autism is neurodevelopmental condition and therefore has a biological basis.

She developed the concept of autism as a  spectrum condition in the 1970s, and later coined the term  Asperger’s syndrome, after the behaviour of autistic children identified by Hams Asperger, who had proficient if idiosyncratic verbal skills, eccentric social behaviour and almost obsessive interests in a particular topic of conversation.  This challenged the dominant idea of the time, based on Kanner’s work, which placed emphasis on “autistic aloneness”, with children lacking the desire for social contact, with speech was acquired late and often bizarre and non-communicative.

Triad of impairment 150x150 Lorna WingHer pioneering work of gave rise to the concept of the triad of impairments, that is, impairment in social interaction, impairment in communication and impairments in thinking and behaving, as defining features of autistic spectrum conditions

She was widely respected and highly regarded by all who worked with her.  Her work revolutionised the way autism is regarded, and her influence is felt across the globe.  She championed parents, and empowered them to stand up against non-evidenced assertions and treatments.  Her unique insights into autism disorders were informed as much by her being a parent to an autistic child as to her scientific rigour.

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Attachment, Trauma and Recovery

Attachment, Trauma and Recovery

A new five day programme for foster-carers working with complex and enduring needs is now available.  The programme aims to develop foster carers to provide high levels of support and enriching relationships for fostered children who have experienced early trauma and help make sense of their often fragmented and traumatic past, whilst safely managing behavioural difficulties.  The programme is interactive
and experiential, helping foster carers apply theory to practice.  It is structured on the principles of active learning, including self-directed learning, learning through practice, case-based “learning in context” and small group interaction.

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Crucial Information on Child Abduction

A new purpose-built website, The Child Abduction Hub, provides crucial information and advice for parents and professionals on all types of child abduction.  Launched in May 2014 by the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT), with support from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command it addresses some of the myths associated with child abduction and provides practical, common sense advice and guidance.

Beyond stranger danger…read the report

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Evaluating Training

In order to evaluate a recent training programme on attachment-informed practice for local authority foster carers, individual learning objectives were assessed on a 11-point scale (0-10) by participants .  The group identified  34 individual training objectives, with a mean score of 2.9 before the training.  Participants reviewed their subject knowledge against these goals post training. The mean score post-training was 7.9.  These subjective scales suggest that individuals found their particular needs were addressed by the programme.

Participants were also asked to evaluate the programme on a 10-item, 4-point satisfaction scale.  Items were: meeting aims and learning outcomes, applying training, relevance of training and training delivery.  The mean satisfaction score, which could sit between 1 and 4, was 3.78, indicating a high level of satisfaction with course content, learning outcomes and delivery.

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Some Thoughts on Developmental Trauma

Some nice quotes from Dr Bessel van der Kolk here, reiterating the point that “developmental trauma” is a function of disturbed attachment experiences.
(The article also links to a hour long video of Dr van der Kolk talking about re-enacting trauma, the impact of childhood trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder)
http://acesconnection.com/profiles/blogs/developmental-trauma-what-you-can-t-see-this-dvd-can-hurt-you?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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Tougher Laws to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation?

In the UK, Sarah Champion MP and the children’s charity Barnardo’s are together calling on the government to toughen up laws that protect children from being groomed by predatory sex offenders. Under current legislation for someone to be arrested for the offence of ‘meeting a child following sexual grooming’ there must be at least two incidences of contact before a meeting takes place, with the intention of abusing them. In order to better protect vulnerable children Barnardo’s and Sarah Champion MP are demanding that police should only need to prove one contact if there is also a clear intention to meet and abuse the child…more…

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Uta Frith on BBC Horizon – “Living with Autism”

On the eve of National Autism Day, next Tuesday’s  Horizon program (BBC) “Living with Autism” is presented by Uta Frith and looks into how our understanding has transformed over the years. When pioneering developmental psychologist Professor Uta Frith started her training back in the 1960s, she met a group of beautiful, bright-eyed young children who seemed completely detached from the rest of the world. This film reveals how Uta Fith’s lifetime study of people with autism has transformed our understanding of this condition and shows how people with autism perceive and interact with the world; how, for them, another kind of reality exists.

 

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