This is the support statement received from Dr. Temple Grandin in reaction to the documentary “The Wall or psychoanalysis put to the test for autism” by Sophie Robert depicting the use of psychoanalysis in autism in France. Dr. Temple Grandin is a leading voice in Autism in the United States. She is professor at the University of Colorado. Her life has been the subject of a biopic “Temple Grandin” released in DVD. One of her most famous book is “The Way I See it”.
She mostly reacts here against packing, a French technique in which autistics are put in cold and wet towels.
Autism is not caused by bad parenting. It is totally wrong that psychoanalysis is the main treatment for autism in France. It is shocking that France is so backward.
I would hate packing. The child should be able to control the pressure himself. The squeeze machine works on this principle. Packing would be useless and highly stressful for the child. Sincerely,