paper aims to bring contributions from psychoanalysis to the debate about
autism. We assume that while working with the autistic it is imperative to
single out each case and not to seek out a standardized approach, based on a previous
knowledge. The therapist oriented by psychoanalysis starts to work from a point
of view where stereotyped or seemingly bizarre behaviors are taken as a
resource used by the subject to protect himself from the invasion experienced
in his relationship with others. The treatment, therefore, would not seek to
eliminate such behaviors, but to promote the elaboration, on the autistic part,
of a way of his own to belong in the world, as we will be able to follow in the
exposition of a clinical case in which the subject makes use of objects in a
unique manner to mediate his relationship with the other and promote his social
Cite this paper
Freire, A. & Malcher, F. (2014). What Autists Can Teach Us about Social Interactions and How Psychoanalytic Treatment Can Contribute to It. Psychology, 5,
1350-1354. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.511145
 Fleitilich-Bilyk, B., & Goodman, R. (2001). Social Factors Associated with Child Mental Healthproblems in Brazil: Crosssectional Survey. BMJ, 323, 599-600.
 Fleitilich-Bilyk, B., & Goodman, R. (2004). Prevalence of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders in Southeast Brazil. Journal of the American Academyof Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 728-734.
 Fombonne, E. (2009). Epidemiology of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Pediatricresearch, 65, 591-598. http://dx.doi.org/10.1203/PDR.0b013e31819e7203
 Fombonne, E. (2010). Epidemiology of Autism, Paper presented at the 1º Encontro Brasileiro para Pesquisa em Autismo, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.
 Freud, S. (1905). Tres ensaios sobre a teoria da sexualidade. In Obras psicologicas completas de Sigmund Freud, vol. VII. Rio de Janeiro: Imago, 1972, 121-252.
 Goodman, A., Fleitlich-Bilyk, B., Patel, V., & Goodman, R. (2007). Child, Family, School and Community Risk Factors for Poor Mental Health in Brazilian Schoolchildren. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 448-456. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/chi.0b013e31803065b5
 Grandin, T. (1997). Penserenimages. Paris: O. Jacob.
 Kanner, L. (1997). Os disturbios autisticos do contato afetivo. In ROCHA, Paulina (org.) Autismos. Sao Paulo: Escuta, 111-170.
 Maleval. J. C. (2012). Lingua verbosa, lingua factual e frases espontaneas nos autistas. In Autismo(s) e atualidade: uma leitura lacaniana. orgs. Alberto Murta, Analicea Calmon e Marcia Rosa. Belo Horizonte: Scriptum, 45-66.
 Newschaffer, C. J. et al. (2007). The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. AnnualReviewofPublic Health, 28, 235-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.28.021406.144007
 Paula, C. S., Ribeiro, S. H., Fombonne, E., & Mercadante, M. T. (2011). Prevalence of Pervasive Developmental Disorder in Brazil: A Pilotstudy. Journal of Autism Development Disorder, 41, 1738-1742.
 Williams, D. (1992). Si on me touche, je n’existe plus, Robert Laffont, Paris.