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?””

100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education

Our friends at Human Restoration Project released a very important documentary called “100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education“. In January 2020 – in what now seems like a prophetic forecast for the distressing year to come – the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced to the world that it was “100 SecondsContinue reading “100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education”

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”

🫀 We’re Presenting: Conference to Restore Humanity

DIY at the Edges: Surviving the Bipartisanship of Behaviorism by Rolling Our Own To be hosted by Ryan Boren, Inna Boren, Chelsea Adams, & Kristina Daniele of StimpunksStimpunk combines “stimming” + “punk” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding ourContinue reading “🫀 We’re Presenting: Conference to Restore Humanity”

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”