Howdy DSISD leaders,
ABA and its kin (PBS) have a scant evidence base that relies heavily on parent reporting and deficit framing.
Under ActuallyAutistic pressure, autism researchers are finally facing how thoroughly, disastrously wrong they’ve been about autism.
Don’t invite this into our schools. Behaviorism and the autism industry have a pitiful ethics base.
Some reporting from the front:
I turned an email I sent ya’ll into a public post:
Ann Memmott and Damian Milton are autistic autism researchers. I reference and recommend their work often.
Ann Memmott on Twitter: "Want a paper by one of the top minds in autism academia, @milton_damian ,on subjecting #autistic people to #ABA? Here it is. Summary: It doesn't even work. https://t.co/qm0cv8bZGm Instead, the methods by e.g. @AT_Autism using #Synergy should be considered."
We work with Charles Nelson, professor of pediatrics at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital, mentioned in this piece linked by Ann. We’re doing our next neuropsych eval with him.
Ann Memmott on Twitter: "Every parent/therapist/researcher should read this. https://t.co/SG0NkCs6oh Researchers assumed some autistic people cannot understand language (they could...) cannot read (they could...) and had a low IQ (nope....). , They did the wrong tests. Your child can understand you."
Ann and Damian comment in this thread on the fear-based autism research that is still so prevalent.
Ann Memmott on Twitter: "@autismage It really needs the Psychology researchers to get a study commissioned on autism researchers, along the lines of, "Does your fear of autistic people lead to you doing appalling research with no ethics base, in order to shore up your own set of neuroticisms?" I forecast a yes." / Twitter
Sara Luterman on Twitter: "Nobody needs a glorified Roomba that does discrete trial training. https://t.co/jMImsPAewi" / Twitter (click through to see the image for an autism research joke)
My growth mindset ramblings occasionally get a reference.
From one of the authors of Timeless Learning: