Autism and HPCT

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& FROM CHUCK TUCKER 920514 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I was reading the 18 May edition of NEWSWEEK and noted in the section on
"The Arts" (!?!) mention of a book by Jean and Sean Brannon THERE'S A BOY
IN HERE Simon and Schuster $20 which apparently discusses how Jean(Mother)
was able to get Sean (Son) to alter his behavior from "autism" to "ordinary".
The article notes that the "behaviorist approach" has shown some "remarkable
results in some cases" but ". . . another promising - although controversial
- treatment has been pioneered by psychiatrist Martha Welch, who runs "the
mothering center" for the families of autistic children in Greenwich, Conn.
Welch teaches parents to interrupt the autistic child's withdrawal, physically
trying to get close to the child and enticing him into the real world."(70)
Judy Brannon, it states, "... simply refused to let her son slip out of her
reach into the hypnotic trancelike oblivion he preferred. She hung on to him,
fighting him at every step, shouting at him, shaking him, physically stopping
him from repeating aimless activities and forcing him to look at her, to listen
to stories or play games."(70)

Now this reads like force to me but the question is: In these circumstances
isn't such force warranted as disturbances to get the person to ALTER THEIR
OWN CONDUCT? Obviously., from a HPCT view the Brannon's see their acts as
the proper choice but this does not approve of all acts of force or specially
design disturbances but is does bring up the question: When and where are
disturbances (even physical force) appropriate? (excluding the whisking of a
child out of the path of an oncoming 18 wheeler!) Don't we learn from our
errors and are they not OCCASIONED (note this word) BY DISTURBANCES?


Regards, Chuck