Autistic Development, Trauma and Personhood: Beyond the Frame of the Neoliberal Individual
This chapter critically explores notions of childhood development, particularly in regard to autism, reactions to traumatic events and the meaning of ‘personhood’.
The construction of the neoliberal individual is contrasted with that of personhood as experienced by an autistic person.
Person-centred methods of engagement as outlined in this chapter can give opportunities for opening up a respectful discursive space where autistic development is not framed from the outset as ‘disordered’.
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