When touch is not common practice: The haptonomic approach and therapy for higher-functioning children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- 25 December 2018
- Reflective practice 2018 |
Within regular healthcare and counselling of high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder
(ASD), the approach most commonly taken assumes structure and predictability are key concepts in the treatment. This article raises the possibility of a haptonomic approach with this target group. Instead of assuming that touch is impossible, this article focuses on exploring and discovering the latent haptic ability for touch that is present, based on practical examples. The haptonomic approach offers an opening and room for development in mutually meaningful contact, thus providing an important contribution to the individual possibilities for personal development for high-functioning people with ASD.
Publication date:December 25, 2018