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Opportunities and Perils of Extremely Early “Autism” Intervention

Autism, Parent-Blaming and False ‘Cures’ Once again the mainstream autism field risks blaming parents for the cause of autism. This time, through studies often funded by relative-led organisations. The “refrigerator mother” hypothesis blamed supposedly cold parenting for autism. Some of the families who were socially isolated and even split apart by this way of thinking… Read more »

Challenging the Challenge: No Moral Judgment nor Infant Determinism from an Ethnographic Perspective

Introduction Many years ago I heard a teenager screaming to her mother “You are a worm that enters the brain of your own child to drive her crazy!” In those days, blaming mothers for the mental health of their offspring was still a rather private business. Nowadays, the subject has entered the public debate, “in… Read more »

Involving the Child in Health Care Decisions – It is Time for the Customary Implementation of a Collaborative Decision-Making Process

Research suggests, that in medical practice children have a minimal role in major treatment decisions regarding their health care. In particular, an investigation conducted by Coyne (2008) found that the ‘views of children are rarely sought nor acknowledged’. This conflicts with the well-established United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that states children… Read more »

Early Intervention and Children’s Food Policy: Challenging the Emphasis on ‘Choice’

Attention to children’s brain development in the early years has been at the centre of English social policy since the late 1990s, and is linked to recent efforts to ‘improve people’s life chances’.  Children’s food policy has been influenced by the language used in these debates. The belief that habits learnt in the early years… Read more »

From Romania with Neuromania

The Nobel Prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel demonstrated that kittens deprived of sensory input in one eye at birth remained permanently blind in that eye.  The story of a blind kitten certainly tugs at the heart strings, but Hubel and Weisel, did not only demonstrate the irreversibility of the damage in the shut… Read more »