Ok am going to try just to do a quick post here (hmmmmm....I'm not known for short posts - I may well be deluding myself)
I dont know why I haven't blogged about this before as it's a significant piece of research by Jessica and Peter Hobson. You'll remember Jess from my previous post. Husband Peter wrote 'The Cradle of Thought'......a dynamic duo if ever there was one :) And just lovely, lovely people. We are so lucky to have these guys in our corner.
'Emotional Regulation In Autism: A Relational, Therapeutic Perspective'
The study results so far were presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in May this year.
Anyone who has ever been mad or anxious about anything knows that when you get mad or anxious, your ability to think clearly and rationally becomes impaired. In the 'mad' scenario, the amygdala takes over and the 'fight' response kicks in until we regulate our emotions sufficiently for the pre-frontal cortex to get back in the driving seat. In the 'anxious' scenario, the amygdala produces the 'flight' response. Emotions and thinking are inseparable - like an old married couple.
We can therefore see how it is likely that the next stage of this research will demonstrate that improved emotional regulation leads to improved cognitive and social development. Just think of all those families out there whose quality of life could be radically improved, by simply altering the way they interact with their kids. No chemicals or pharmaceuticals, no aversive therapies. Exciting!!