The Neuroskeptic blog has a great post about the controversy surrounding the practice of "Le Packing" that is used with autistic children. Not only is this practice complete bunk, but it is child abuse. Alas, there is a great movement afoot to resurrect psychoanalytic thought by wedding it to neuroscience. Not all psychoanalytic thought is worthless, but a whole lot of it is. One way to tell whether someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes is the use of jargon. Social scientists love to use jargon when they're hiding the fact that they don't really have anything useful to say after all.
Case in point:
Case in point:
During the ﬁrst months of life, an infant will actively practice his or her archaic reﬂexes. Of these, the grasping, which will progressively disappear as voluntary prehension emerges around the age of 4-5 months, is of great interest. The facilitation and/or anaclitic relationships between this reﬂex and adhesive identiﬁcation are even more interesting to study together because, for instance, in an autistic child, the ﬁrst model will integrate under the form of pathological adhesive identiﬁcation.
In such an example, a strategy for thinking about these two phenomena and making them compatible is using a third term (e.g., Peircean logic, in which adhesive identiﬁcation is an icon of grasping). If we refer to this important principle from this great American semiotician, the icon is part of the logical representation scheme from the most elementary, the icon, to the most evolved, the symbol, passing by the intermediate, the index...