• Some autistic people present as if they are experiencing attachment disorder (i.e. not having formed a secure, stable bond with their parents).
  • While this may in some cases be so, it would be wrong to automatically link such a presentation to negative parenting. Rather, it may be that the autistic child was unable to process their parents’ loving approaches.


This series of short films shows an extended conversation  between Phoebe Caldwell (DSc, Expert Responsive Communication Practitioner who has worked with autistic people for 45 years) and Janet Gurney (BA, PGCT, Director of Training for Us in a Bus, a service based in Surrey that supports adults and children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism).