Fractal : Revista de Psicologia
On-line version ISSN 1984-0292
FREIRE, Ana Beatriz and OLIVEIRA, Elisa Carvalho de. On the analytical treatment of a case of autism: language, object and jouissance. Fractal, Rev. Psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.2, pp. 257-268. ISSN 1984-0292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-02922010000800003.
Based on fragments of the clinical case of an autistic child, this paper intends to question the psychoanalytic knowledge, in particular, the concepts of language, significant and object. In this case study, the direction of the treatment took place in accordance to the analyst's listening of the "verbal elements" presented by the patient, which resulted, during the sessions, in the construction of a particular "verbal term". The hypothesis supported is that this term has operated, in the course of treatment, as something similar to a "privileged significant" as formulated by Lacan (1985[1972-1973]). This specific term was articulated by the patient, according to her own know-how towards the language, not without a place of jouissance modalization, opening the possibility of the emergence of the look, with the construction of the edges of the body.
Keywords : psychoanalysis; clinic; autism; jouissance; significant.