[Autism spectrum disorders. Functional-emotional development hypotheses and their relationship with therapeutic interventions]

Vertex. Mar-Apr 2011;22(96):135-46.
[Article in Spanish]


Autism Spectrum Disorders do not have a treatment that offers definitive solution to the serious challenges faced by people who suffer from them. Consequently, as in other chronic conditions, many therapeutic interventions are offered, each based on different neurobiological or psychological hypotheses. In the present article criteria for the organization of the proposed interventions are suggested, and the main aspects of the affective diathesis hypothesis are summarized. This theory emphasizes the importance of emotional signaling as a basis for development and is the theoretical framework for one of the therapeutic options in the field of autism that is earning recognition in our country: the DIR-Floortime model.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / physiopathology
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / psychology*
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / therapy*
  • Emotions
  • Humans