The early embodied development of ASD, and its care

Colwyn Trevarthen, Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Understanding the disorder of early child development identified in 1943 by Leo Kanner as “autistic disturbances of affective contact” was gained by him with sensitive descriptions of young boys and girls who showed similar problems. They all had difficulty with acting in creative practical ways with toys, and they were unwilling to share feelings and interests with parents. His new understanding required an open mind seeking a clear appreciation of life's inventive vitality. It needed a multidisciplinary developmental approach to clinical interpretation with the same careful sensitivity as Neophytos Papaneophytou invites us to share in his project for Autism 360.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutism Spectrum Disorder
EditorsUndurti N. Das, Neophytos Papaneophytou, Tatyana El-Kour
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages9
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 May 2019



  • child development
  • child behaviour
  • autism
  • autism spectrum disorder

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Trevarthen, C., & Delafield-Butt, J. (Accepted/In press). The early embodied development of ASD, and its care. In U. N. Das, N. Papaneophytou, & T. El-Kour (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorder Netherlands.