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ABA, autism 

The whole point of my post, though, focused on the problem with their measure. Nowhere did the wellbeing of the child even enter the picture. They wanted to know how autistic the child looked to a clinical observer who did not directly interact with the child at all.

What, precisely, is the value in that question? How does the answer benefit anyone? Why do we even care how autistic an autistic child does or doesn't look to someone watching them interact with others?

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ABA, autism 

Lovaas' vaunted studies about ABA are complete train wrecks in their construction and methods if you read them. There are very few RCTs (the true measure for any medical intervention) so even before getting to the value of their goals, there really isn't much solid evidence ABA even does much to achieve its stated goals. It "works" to the extent spanking "works". (Spoiler: spanking doesn't work.)

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I see y’all trying to heal - I’m rooting for you. Keep going! 🖤✌🏽❤️

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@mike In case no one had made it yet. Also this is literally the first gif I've ever made - very happy you could be a part of it. But actually your conversation with @hillarymcbride was truly beautiful.

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We all walk around wanting to be seen and loved. My hope and “spiritual work” is to learn how to be the seer and the lover.

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person-first language wrt neurodiversity and :autism: 

I can't speak for neurotypes that I don't have, or even for people I'm not, but I'll firmly argue that person-first language is *not* appropriate for autistic people. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that if you're allistic, you should whenever possible avoid using "autism" as a noun

Treating autism as a "condition" or even "disorder" that is separate from the person, rather than a neurotype that is a fundamental part of them, feeds into autism mommy narratives of "I had a good, *normal* child that autism took away from me! I just want a cure so I can have my baby back!"

I'm not a "normal" person who is this way because I "have autism," I'm an autistic person who is who he is. There isn't even conceptually a version of me that is allistic - that's just a different person who looks like me

Again, I can't speak for everyone, and please respect people's preferences. These are just my thoughts

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Hi, I'm a avoiding responsibility. mastodons were smaller than African elephants, and much smaller than mammoths. Check out this Mastodon skeleton next to a regular human man. Way smaller than I expected. I also learned that had a pretty big mastodon population.

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You are a beautiful human being. Yeah, you. May you be at peace today. May you know you are whole.

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Liturgist fam-I need help finding a children’s book or 5 that feature interracial parents/families! Particularly if the mother is white and the father is black. The book(s) doesn’t have to be about interracial families necessarily, just looking for illustrations that depict such a family. Thanks in advance!

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New #TheLiturgists Podcast 

We’ve got a new episode with Richard Rohr out, in case you missed it over the weekend.

theliturgists.com/podcast/2019

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I released a new on science literacty today. I hope people listen, because wow, we need more science literacy these days. asksciencemike.podbean.com/e/e

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Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot #famous #quotes

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Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

@mike “That was a dress shirt document”
I’m dying. 😂💀😂💀

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I'm just putting it out there, but I thought Captain Marvel was a great movie. I almost cried. I'll fight you.

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Remember capitals in hastags for our visually impaired friends.
E.g. if you type text to voice programs may not recognise the words so will spell it out. If you type the two words will be recognised and communicated. It makes it faster for them to read a comment.

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@mike, I've been curious for a while how you get access to research you mention. Do you subscribe to a library and get access, or is it open source, or?

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A dear friend and fellow has moved to specifically Park Ridge area. Knowing only a couple of people in the area and being fiercely independent is resulting in them dealing with some loneliness. Any suggestions on places to go things to do or must sees in this area on a missionary’s budget that would get her out of her apartment and engaging with others?

I’m going to change the Ash Wednesday verbiage to “Remember, you are stardust, and unto stardust you shall return.” I like the sound of that.

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