Child Colloquium and the Child Development Program Joint Event:
"Now I Am A Real Kid":
A Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Young Autistic Boy
Film screening and conversation with Dr. David Rosenfeld
In this presentation we will view the documentary film: "Now I am a Real Kid.” The film documents David Rosenfeld’s treatment of Benjamin, a young boy with a diagnosis of autism. The film makes it possible to witness the unfolding treatment of Benjamin. It enables us to observe what “Dr. David” actually did and what he said to his young patient. The film documents the steps by which Benjamin moved from being a child without language in a state of perpetual panic-stricken screaming and flailing about to recovering and becoming a “real kid,” a child capable of forming friendships and doing well at an ordinary school setting. Witnessing this transformation is a profoundly moving experience.
David Rosenfeld, M.D. is a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Society. He is a Consultant Professor at Buenos Aires University, Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, and an Ex- Vice President of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Dr. Rosenfeld is known internationally for his work with psychotic and addicted patients. He received the Mary S. Sigourney prize for his contributions to psychoanalysis. He is the author of numerous books and articles among them: The Creation of the Self and Language: Primitive Sensory Relations and the Child with the Outside World (Karnac, 2012) The Soul, the Mind, and the Psychoanalyst (Karnac, 2010).
The Program is free of charge.
This Workshop is funded in part by a generous grant from The Sophia Mirviss Memorial Fund