Interview with Heather Moran: autism and attachment

Heather Moran is a Consultant Child Clinical Psychologist at CAMHS Coventry, in the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. Heather is the author of 'The Coventry Grid,' a grid which differentiates between the behaviour patterns of ASD and attachment problems. 

Heather kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Professional Conference in Harrogate in March this year. We asked Heather a series of questions; you can view the full interview or clips of the individual question clips below. 

Full interview:

Individual question clips: 

1. Can you tell us about your background and how you came into this field of research?

2. Can you tell us a little about ‘attachment problems’?

3. Can you tell us more about the Coventry Grid?

4. What are the main differences between a child with ASD and a child with attachment problems?

5. How can diagnosis be improved to more accurately diagnose between autism and attachment problems?

Author: Heather Moran 

Date added: July 2015 



Fri, 21/08/2015 - 16:02

Heather is generalising.  Not all autistics notice patterns, so to use that as a key difference between a child with attachment difficulties and a child with autism is incorrect.  Also, neurotypical children with attachment difficulties will all have different personalities, some will notice different things to others, so there could be such a child who does notice patterns.

There are actually many differences between children with attachment difficulties and children with autism, so what is really concerning is that professionals are even confusing the two to begin with and this leads to innocent families being caught in a child protection net.

I also entirely disagree that it might be better to include severe attachment difficulties as a neurodevelopmental condition.