Autism and Tai Chi chuan

The different psychopathological pictures that affect children and adolescents have a very high individual variability, but it is necessary to try to keep them separate precisely because the choice of therapeutic-rehabilitation interventions always takes on specific characteristics….

—- Autistic children (Kanner) appear to be ‘very intelligent’ (mothers often call them ‘little geniuses’), but, on the practical side, they show that they cannot utilise their potential and, therefore, their cognitive-intellective expression remains very poor. …
…. other rehabilitation activities:

Art-psychodynamic-therapy: This is perhaps the practice with which the most important improvements were made. With this work it was possible to verify that the autistic person does not lack symbolic development (even if there is no speech), but does lack imagination (which can be greatly improved precisely through the practice of art-therapy).

Rehabilitative hippotherapy: they reach the level of being able to lead the horse both in stride and trot; without, however, reaching the practice of galloping. We do not yet have Kanner autistics who have reached a pre-sporting or sporting level.

Expressive emotive therapy and Tai-Chi-Chuan: allow a lot to be gained in psycho-motor understanding and reciprocity.
Music therapy: in rehabilitation, one always has to work with music, which sometimes frees one from positions of extreme closure on oneself …. (continued)


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