Autistic Development, Trauma and Personhood: Beyond the Frame of the Neoliberal Individual

  • Damian Milton


  • This chapter critically explores notions of childhood development, particularly in regard to autism, reactions to traumatic events and the meaning of ‘personhood’.

  • The construction of the neoliberal individual is contrasted with that of personhood as experienced by an autistic person.

  • Person-centred methods of engagement as outlined in this chapter can give opportunities for opening up a respectful discursive space where autistic development is not framed from the outset as ‘disordered’.


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  • Damian Milton
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  1. 1.London South Bank UniversityLondonUK

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