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    The psychiatric profession’s reaction to French government’s recommendations

    Back in March, La haute autorité de santé (HAS or Higher Authority for Health) et l’Anesm (National Agency for the evaluation and the quality of schools and social and medico-social services) delivered a report called «3è Plan Autisme» on the treatment of autism in France. One of the challenges of the recommendation was to define the place of psychoanalysis in the treatment of autism.

    Some of the recommendations

    The practice of packing , wrapping the autistic child in wet and cold towels, should be banned even though the HAS and l’Anesm did not oppose the clinical research using this technique.

    The report called for interventions to begin by four years of age or three months after diagnosis which followed “custom interventions, comprehensive and coordinated based on educational, behavioral and developmental approach.” They recommended the TEACHH program, or ABA, to help develop communication in autistic children. Many French psychiatrists and psychoanalysts continue to resist these methodologies.

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