Letter to the Boston Globe on “The Mismeasure of Misha: My son broke free from the most common therapy for autism. Why is it used on so many kids like him?”

Where, I wondered, did ABA’s scientific principles come from? “Skinner,” Larry replied. “B.F. Skinner? The Harvard psychologist who trained pigeons to playThere is nothing more human than play. Humans were designed to learn in play. In fact, nearly all mammals evolved this way.Play’s Power At our learning space, we provide learners fresh… Ping-Pong?” “Yes.” The mismeasureContinue reading “Letter to the Boston Globe on “The Mismeasure of Misha: My son broke free from the most common therapy for autism. Why is it used on so many kids like him?””

A Fade to Extinction for Ethically Questionable Approaches That Disregard Neurodiversity

What do we want? “…a fade to extinction for ethically questionable approaches that disregard neurodiversityNeurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a….” Neurodivergent Dr on Twitter As autisticAutistic ways of being are human neurologicalContinue reading “A Fade to Extinction for Ethically Questionable Approaches That Disregard Neurodiversity”

“Autism research is in crisis”: A Mixed Method Study of Researcher’s Constructions of Autistic People and Autism Research

…autisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline.  If… people disrupt research agendas. @DrMBotha This new research investigates ableistable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructedContinue reading ““Autism research is in crisis”: A Mixed Method Study of Researcher’s Constructions of Autistic People and Autism Research”

Key Principles When Supporting Autistic People

The communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/… at Spectrum Gaming released “Key Principles when supporting autistic people” at Barriers to Education. We believe in REAL coproduction, so have worked with ourContinue reading “Key Principles When Supporting Autistic People”

Driven to Meltdown, Castigated for Melting

I feel the weight of this quote from Pete Wharmby’s new book, “What I Want to Talk About How Autistic Special Interests Shape a Life“. The tendency to force a meltdownMeltdowns are alarm systems to protect our brains.Without meltdowns, we autistics would have nothing to protect our neurology from the very real damage that itContinue reading “Driven to Meltdown, Castigated for Melting”

20 reasons why I (an autistic person) am stressed pretty much constantly…

Pete Wharmby is one of our favorite neurodiversityNeurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a… advocates and consultants. We are happy to support his work and recommend adding him to your personal learningContinue reading “20 reasons why I (an autistic person) am stressed pretty much constantly…”