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  •  Thank you! (3+ / 0-)
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    njgoldfinch, Tigana, Native Light

    I'm so glad to hear that you're actually working with autistics in a way that actually respects them for who they are, working with them rather than against them.

    This seems to be one of the things that many in the ABA crowd simply don't get, from what I've noticed. For a group that so frequently discuss stimuli and responses, they often don't recognize a perfectly valid response to a stimulus on the autistic kid's part. Of course a kid's not going to be making eye contact, for instance, if he finds looking into someone's eyes to be overwhelming! It doesn't matter how hard you train the behavior of avoiding eye contact out of the child Skinner-style; eye contact is still going to be a source of stress...

    •  Eye contact (2+ / 0-)
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      njgoldfinch, Native Light

      Eye contact can be difficult for introverts, not just for those on the autism spectrum.

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      that there is  a way of looking at things which is very black and white. Right or wrong.  It is about control and making people fit into a vision of normal/ mainstream.  
      Do you recall John Dean's book about Conservative Authoritarians? Conservatives Without Concscience  I feel that ABA lends itself to that kind of thinking. It's not about each person's unique gifts and potential, it's about everyone fitting into a box.  The box of good worthy valuable acceptable people.  
      Autistic, gay, muslim, fat, mexican...you don't fit.  You will have to prove to us that you can fit in.

      Be the change you want to see in the world.

      by empathy on Sun May 20, 2007 at 01:25:38 PM PDT

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