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    ABSTRACT: The author, a child psychiatrist, calls for a dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience (both from his clinical joint practices with neuropediatricians and on a theoretical level) to found a new approach to the questions of neurodevelopmental and psychopathological disorders. He briefly discusses two examples. The first example is developmental and concerns the links between the archaic grasping reflex and adhesive identification. He shows how the phenomena observed in the two fields can find a logical sequence. The second example concerns a therapeutic technique (wrapping) that is used to soothe self-injurious behaviours in children with autism. Here, again, both approaches are used to better understand the phenomenon in question. Bridges must be built to open new theoretico-clinical and therapeutic collaborations. One could imagine data integration from these two heterogeneous subdomains to form a new complex subdomain, from which productivity is guaranteed.
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    ABSTRACT: Since decades, there exists a controversy about the place of evidence-based practice in French child psychiatry, in the context of a large influence of psychoanalysis in this country. Although an increasing group of professionals is oriented at an international standard of care based on methodologically sound empirical evidence, recent events may reinforce the misleading generalization that French professionals involved in child mental health do not implement modern clinical practices based on empirical scientific knowledge. As recent examples we briefly men-tion the following two, both related to the management of individuals with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs): 1. An international group of experts in PDDs published in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, a consensus statement considering as ''unethical'' and ''against evidence-based practice parameters'' an ''alleged form of therapy'' labeled as ''le packing'', implemented by some French practitioners for severe behavioral prob-lems in children and adolescents with PDDs [1]; 2. In September 2011, a movie (''The Wall''), focusing on the management of individuals with autism in France, was diffused on the internet. According to this movie, psychoanalysts treat individuals with PDDs using anach-ronistic, non-evidence-based and unethical methods [2]. These events have led us to further reflect on the implementation of evidence-based practice in child psy-chiatry and allied disciplines in France. Beyond any polemics, we wish to clarify that in France many professionals in child mental health do not include controversial
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