From this alternative perspective, it is Savlov's belief that children on the spectrum have not had the advantage of a completed attachment. She calls this perspective Incomplete Attachment, and it is her belief that what one sees when observing children on the spectrum is a child who is waiting for the attachment process to be completed. The child is doing the best he/she can to cope with this predicament. All the behaviors such as flapping arms, nonverbal communication, echolalia, lack of responsiveness to others or inability to communicate one's needs, can all make sense when taken from this perspective.
The author suggests that at the core of autism is the child's inability to use herself in relationship to others. This lack of a sense of self-agency evolves during the attachment phase of development and Savlov hypothesizes that the child is left in a waiting position and remains in this incomplete state of attachment until the caregiver and/or therapist understands this predicament and can respond appropriately. Within these pages, she hopes to illustrate how the child with autism can be mobilized to utilize herself through the use of understanding (empathy), acceptance, recognition, and validation.
The writings contained in this volume will go into detail about this viewpoint and how one works with children, adolescents, and adults from this perspective. It is Savlov's belief that Autism Spectrum Disorders can also inform our understanding of psychological development in general and specifically Theory of Mind. Autism Spectrum Disorders can be viewed as a window into the understanding of how all typical individuals develop psychologically.
Presenting a cutting-edge view of autism, its genesis, and potentially new treatment methodologies with demonstrable clinical success, The Unspoken Truth About Autism: A New Look at the Etiology and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders is a fundamental reorientation of not only the view of autism and its origins but of human psychological development as a whole.