The undervalued role of over-regulation in autism: chaos theory as a metaphor and beyond
Cashin, AJ & Waters, CD 2006, 'The undervalued role of over-regulation in autism: chaos theory as a metaphor and beyond', Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 224-230.
The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6171.2006.00075.x
TOPIC: A triad of impairment that consists of impaired communication, impaired social skills and over-regulated behavior characterizes autism. Causality of autism is yet to be identified. Therapy has been devised to apply to the work with children and adolescents with a diagnosis of autism in the domains of impaired communication and impaired social skills. Little attention has been paid to the importance of the over-regulated behavior that forms part of the triad of impairment. PURPOSE: This paper considers this point of over-regulation in the triad of impairment in autism through the lens of Chaos theory. SOURCES: Contemporary literature on autism and Chaos theory. CONCLUSIONS: Implications for nursing practice and research are raised.