Holding therapy is known by a variety of other names including attachment holding therapy, cuddle time, direct synchronous bonding, gentle containment, holding time, mother-child holding therapy and the Welch method.
Holding therapy is a form of attachment therapy, which consists of forced holding by a therapist or parent until the child stops resisting or until a fixed time period has elapsed
The carer does not usually release her or his hold until the child 'surrenders' and looks into the carer's eyes.
The carer then returns the child's gaze and exchanges affection. It has been fiercely criticised by individuals with autism spectrum disorders and others, following a number of incidents in which children were seriously harmed.
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