“Symptoms as Solutions”

We’re proud to see that longtime NPHTI faculty member Laurence Sugarman, MD, who (among many other things) co-coordinates our Intermediate Workshops, is featured in a recent post at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s website.  The article describes Dr. Sugarman’s research at RIT, including the piece that he and his colleagues published just this month in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Autonomic Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders” (AJCH October 2013; 56(2):152-173) .  We commend Dr. Sugarman and his team on their highly integrative and innovative ongoing work, which promises to expand society’s view of those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental differences; to wit (from the AJCH article):

Instead of interpreting social withdrawal, dyscommunication, and maladaptive behaviors [of people with autism spectrum disorders] as aloof and apathetic, one can understand these characteristics as manifestations of complex struggles to cope . . . this calls on providers to empathically entrain and aid the development of [these patients’] intense, innate effort to self-regulate.

And so, moreover, we feel grateful that we get to continue to learn from Dr. Sugarman through NPHTI!

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