Neurobiological insights for psychoanalysts working with autistic children

December 20, 2006

New York, NY - Psychoanalysts seeking a greater understanding of autism will participate in the "Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Insights from Neurobiology" discussion group at the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2007 Winter Meeting. The discussion group will be held on Wednesday, January 17th, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Members of the media are invited to attend.

According to a recent Newsweek magazine article, autistic spectrum disorder is estimated to affect as many as 500,000 Americans under the age of 21. Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, will address the analytic audience regarding the changes that occur to the brain when a patient is psychoanalytically treated. Her studies show that the autistic brain can evolve; that is, neuro-pathways can begin to regenerate between the cognitive and emotional sections of the brain.

The discussion group will be co-chaired by William M. Singletary, M.D., a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia's Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, and Susan P. Sherkow, M.D., a supervising analyst of both the Child and Adolescent Divisions of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and of the Berkshire Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis.

For more information regarding the "Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Insights from Neurobiology" discussion group or other scientific sessions at the American Psychoanalytic Association's Winter Meeting, please call 212-752-0450, ext. 21, or email deder@apsa.org. Members of the media should direct their inquiries to Dottie Jeffries at 212-752-0450, ext. 29, or djeffries@apsa.org.
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Founded in 1911, APsaA is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association is composed of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has approximately 3,500 individual members. APsaA is a Regional Association of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

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