Autism can be defined as a syndrome with onset in childhood. The symptoms that characterize it limit the child’s development in three areas: social relationships, communication, interests. In this article the authors aim at showing the effectiveness of a combination of the ericksonian and the cognitive-behavioral therapies in producing improvements in the relationships. The core of the ericksonian therapy turns - as far as autistic patients are concerned - into an admission key to a different way of communicating, thus allowing improvements in the relationship also with other figures of reference.
Keywords: Children, autism, treatment, relationship, ericksonian therapy.