Parents as a Team: Mother, Father, a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a Spinning Toy


Link to publishers sitehttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10803-015-2568-5


This paper is a single case study involving a visit to a diagnostic clinic for autism spectrum disorder. A young boy finds a toy that he can hold with one hand and spin with another. In order to retrieve the toy and leave it in the clinic, the parents engage in a team effort. We describe this achievement in terms of two styles of practice or interactional routines with differing participation frameworks. We examine not only how the parents work as a team using these styles, but also how they improvise to extract the spinning toy from their son’s grasp with minimal protest on his part.


Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Speech and Rhetorical Studies

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