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Can we, can't we, can we, can't we, can we help him join the dance? The need for multimodal processing in the move towards meaningful communication

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This paper charts the journey made towards verbal communication with Mackenzie, a boy who was three years old at the start of treatment and diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. In this paper, I bring together diverse areas of research and demonstrate how they inform my clinical practice. Together, these ideas created a multimodal and synergistic way of working that enabled Mackenzie to make connections between the internal and external world, moving towards self-agency, thus allowing him to start to enter the world of verbal communication. The research that I applied to practice included: the role of prediction in Theory of Mind (TOM), 'dynamic systems' theory of emotions, affect regulation and interactive regulation, embodied perception and entrainment.
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Keywords: Affect regulation; Theory of Mind (TOM); embodied perception; entrainment; gesture; mentalisation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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