Painting the vortex: the existential structure of the experience of parenting a child with autism
Cashin, AJ 2004, 'Painting the vortex: the existential structure of the experience of parenting a child with autism', International Forum of Psychoanalysis , vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 164-174.
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The experience of parenting a child with autism is one of change to the parent's self. The associated triad of impairment in autism of impaired communication, social skills and a repetitive way of being permeates into the self of the parent through the medium of the social parent child relationship. This is a progressive process likened to the parent being pulled into a vortex. The existential mechanisms through which this may plausibly occur are considered.