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?””

Tech Workers: Is Autistic Conversion Therapy, ABA, in Your Company’s Ad Stock?

We 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 helped build these tech platforms and companies and the collaboration cultures they run on. Is ABAUltimately behaviorism provides a simplistic lens that can’tContinue reading “Tech Workers: Is Autistic Conversion Therapy, ABA, in Your Company’s Ad Stock?”

Vendetta Music Fest (and everyone else) vs. Our Loved People: They’re Promoting and Funding Ableism in Our Name

You can’t have our neurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite… artThe arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.Continue reading “Vendetta Music Fest (and everyone else) vs. Our Loved People: They’re Promoting and Funding Ableism in Our Name”

Defining Ableism

Excerpted below are quotes from 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/… writing and scholarly studies on the definition, history, and forms of ableismable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people’sContinue reading “Defining Ableism”

Does Behaviorism Belong in the Classroom?

TLDR: No. The paradigm of behaviorismUltimately behaviorism provides a simplistic lens that can’t see beyond itself.Why is the doctrine of behaviorism still being used, at all?How can ABA be the gold-standard for autism when it… going back to BF Skinner…denies, dismisses, trivializes, or simply writes off the whole idea of inner experience and looks onlyContinue reading “Does Behaviorism Belong in the Classroom?”

There Is Little Empirical Basis to Suggest That PBS Is Effective

Overall, there is insufficient high-quality empirical evidence to suggest that PBS is effective at: enhancing quality of life, teaching adaptive skills, or reducing the use of restrictive practices. The majority of the studies (73.33%) were assessed to be of ‘low’ quality based on a score of <50% on the QATSDD. Whilst there is some ‘high’Continue reading “There Is Little Empirical Basis to Suggest That PBS Is Effective”