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?
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.)
person-first language wrt neurodiversity and
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
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!
New #TheLiturgists Podcast
We’ve got a new episode with Richard Rohr out, in case you missed it over the weekend.
I released a new #AskScienceMike on science literacty today. I hope people listen, because wow, we need more science literacy these days. https://asksciencemike.podbean.com/e/episode-175-science/
@mike “That was a dress shirt document”
I’m dying. 😂💀😂💀
@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?
A dear friend and fellow #liturgist has moved to #chicago 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?
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