This book focuses on the development of self and intersubjectivity in infants, and the parent-child and family interactions that help facilitate it. A unique, step by step account of how these capacities emerged and developed in a child with atypical neurodevelopment over his first four years is examined in the light of theory and research about these issues in normal children as well as in infants and children with various developmental disabilities.
Rita Eagle, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologis with 45 years of experience. Currently she is doing clinical work and training with a focus on autism and mental retardation at the Harbor Regional Center in California. She has three adult children, including Benjamin, the inspiration of this book, now 36 years old, who has mental retardation and features of an autistic spectrum disorder. Dr. Eagle taught at City College and Brooklyn College in New York and supervised clinicians and doctoral candidates.
Chapter 1 Introduction 1: Intersubjectivity Chapter 2 Introduction 2: Intersubjectivity and the Atypical Child Part 3 The Diary Chapter 4 Diary Preface Chapter 5 The Diary Part 6 Theory and Practice Chapter 7 Triple Your Pleasure Chapter 8 Development of Self Chapter 9 Intersubjectivity Chapter 10 "Theory of Mind" Chapter 11 Increments and Leaps Chapter 12 Interventions: Fostering the Emergence of Self and Intersubjectivity in the Atypical Child Chapter 13 Parent-Child Interaction with Children with Disorders Affecting Self and Self-Other Relationships Chapter 14 Help Him Make You Smile Part 15 Years Later Chapter 16 Introduction to Part III: Same But Different Chapter 17 Benjamin Today Chapter 18 Benjaminisms