Strengthening Emotional Bonds: A Theoretical Exploration of Developmental Transformations and the Facilitation of Attachment Between Parents and Children with Autism
Référence bibliographique 
Braginton, Katherine N. 2008. «Strengthening Emotional Bonds: A Theoretical Exploration of Developmental Transformations and the Facilitation of Attachment Between Parents and Children with Autism». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département de thérapies par les arts.
Intentions : «The purpose of this paper [...] is to explore the use of a particular drama therapy play intervention, known as Developmental Transformations, and its potential application to children with autism. More specifically, this paper seeks to elucidate the therapeutic potential of Developmental Transformations in the strengthening of attachment bonds between children with autism and their parents when they engage in the process together.» (p.1)
Échantillon/Matériau : Données documentaires diverses
Type de traitement des données : Analyse théorique
«The body of this paper consists of a literature review in which pertinent information regarding autism, attachment, and Developmental Transformations is discussed.» (p.4) «Through this exploration, theoretical connections will be made linking the potential therapeutic benefits of Developmental Transformations (DvT), an intervention based on a developmental paradigm, to the gaps in developmental functioning seen in those with autism. Many theories advocate children’s engagement in play due to its tremendous developmental benefits; however, the action-oriented play approach of DvT has never been applied to children with autism. Benefits of DvT include increased spontaneity, increased physical expression, and an increased ability to access and project internal emotional states, all of which are considered deficient areas in children with autism. This paper also explores attachment theory in relation to the fostering of emotional growth through play interventions. Based on the core deficits associated with autism, some research indicates that children with autism are prone to disorganized attachments. Parental participation in play processes with their children, such as occurs in DvT, facilitates engagement and create a shared experience with their children. Ultimately, this generates meaningful associations for children with autism between the play experience and their parents, thus contributing to the development of securely-attached relationships.» (p.iii)