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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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Michelle Dawson
10-29-2014
02:11 PM ET (US)
The term "evidence-based applied behavioural therapies" doesn't look promising, among other problems. It's probably petty, but I always wonder about the standards of researchers or journalists or grad students who can't find my email address.

For something completely different, Ben Goldacre (him again!) has a new book out in the UK, here is the intro http://www.badscience.net/2014/10/my-new-b...ntroduction-hooray/

There's also another job opening at the NAS http://www.autism.org.uk/working-with/work...rvices-manager.aspx closing date very soon

The IACC is also looking for new people http://iacc.hhs.gov/call-for-nominations/index.shtml I've probably mentioned somewhere that the IACC shouldn't exist, in my view, but there it is

And... might be too late (there's no deadline?) but ASAN is (was?) looking for someone too http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/09/job-op...stance-coordinator/ a job that seems to include making sure autistic self-advocates are always on-message--this being what autistic self-advocacy is all about (right?).
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Estee
10-29-2014
11:04 AM ET (US)
Better yet, here's her request to others:
CALL OUT
I am completing my PhD thesis on autism health care services in Ontario with a special interest in evidence-based applied behavioural therapies. I am a social scientist and so my project aims to explore some of the social and political implications of these therapies. I will be conducting a total of 50 confidential and anonymous one hour semi-structured interviews with practitioners, autistic people, clinicians, teachers, parent's, diagnosticians, and policy analysts.

If you are interested in being interviewed, or would like to hear more about my project, please don't hesitate to be in touch. If you are not interested in being interviewed but have some names you would like to pass along, that would be very much appreciated - but no pressure to do so.

Thank you,
Julia Gruson-Wood juliagw@yorku.ca
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Estee
10-29-2014
10:57 AM ET (US)
Hi Michelle, I have a colleague writing her dissertation that challenges ABA. She wants to get in touch with you but your email has vanished from my contacts. If you still have mine and the time or will, would you please write me so I can connect you?
Thank you, Estee
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Michelle Dawson
10-11-2014
09:30 PM ET (US)
"Does WISC-IV underestimate the intelligence of autistic children?" http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-014-2270-z that's new from us in JADD, sadly paywalled for now. Here's a bit from the discussion:

"Because RPM is a complex test of general and fluid intelligence (Neisser 1998), our current findings, combined with previous related results, challenge the recurring view that autism is incompatible with the development of genuine human intelligence (Hobson 2002; Vivanti et al. 2013). Similarly, our and previous related findings challenge the still-common view that autistic strengths are limited to rote memory, isolated 'islets' of ability (Happe 1999), or other simple low-level skills (Just et al. 2004, 2012). Instead, complex reasoning and novel problem-solving abilities may be important in autism. Accurately assessing these abilities, across the lifespan, should be a priority."

I'm going to add...that having had the great pleasure of working with Isabelle when she was a doctoral student way back in 2004 (...!), it's a total privilege to now have worked with her own doctoral students. I can retire now for sure! Or maybe not.

Also new, "Undulatus Asperatus: The First New Cloud in 60 Years" http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2...e.html?wpsrc=fol_tw The Cloud Appreciation Society ("We believe that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them") gets a mention and of course there are photos.
Edited 10-11-2014 09:32 PM
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Michelle Dawson
10-07-2014
08:22 PM ET (US)
Catching up after some changes to my computer and how I use it. Still getting used to how everything looks and works and where all the furniture is and so on.

We had hail today (photo http://www.theweathernetwork.com/photos/vi...n-montreal/20518626 more photos and videos http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/hai...es-of-ice-1.2791258 ), sadly I didn't manage to be out in it. But we are still under one of those awesome Environment Canada special weather statements, which warns us that "These strong Winds will no doubt blow lots of leaves off trees" (it's poetry...).

It is also sort of hailing big-name autism theory of everything papers, here are 2 which came out in rapid succession and are open access http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artic...i/S0149763414002395 and http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/02/1416797111 I've tweeted a few comments about them if anyone's interested

Totally cool about Alex being an official entrant for Boston 2015.
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Philip
09-30-2014
02:59 PM ET (US)
Congratulations and the best of luck to Alex.
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dinah
09-18-2014
01:33 AM ET (US)
fantastic news jypsy, well done to both of you!
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MalchowMama
09-17-2014
10:16 AM ET (US)
That is amazing, jypsy. Congratulations, Alex, and best of luck to you!
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jypsy
09-16-2014
05:58 PM ET (US)
Alex is officially on the entrants list for the 2015 Boston Marathon.
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Michelle Dawson
09-15-2014
05:16 PM ET (US)
Well here's an autistic guy who grows and sells gigantic pumpkins http://www.northumberlandnews.com/news-sto...ns-sells-to-loblaw/

"Last winter, he attended an entrepreneurship program at the Brock Youth Centre. The program was for 15 to 29-year-olds, but they made an exception for 12-year-old Simon, who kept up with the high-school level finance lessons."

Sorry about the broken link ( /m13599 ) they are a problem everywhere, including in peer-reviewed journals (and, on my blog), many apologies. Keeping up isn't really practical, so readers have to be resourceful.
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dennis
09-06-2014
06:20 PM ET (US)
I wish I knew how to cheer you on. You're amazing! No, really, you are. I'm trying to write a book, one which has a tone similar to your writings, and every time I read what you write, I'm not merely awstruck, I'm frankly envious! My thinking: "I WISH I could write this good, and I write better than I talk. (Formally diagnosed as 'autistic' ~ 2008, after forty eight years of complete h**l!)
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Michelle's mom
08-29-2014
11:02 PM ET (US)
Re: 13599. Here is your friendly and free translation service. Alber says: "Sorry but I'm a Spanish speaker. As father, I thank you a thousand times for stimulating my mind". Alber, ?de donde estas? Yo naci en Quebec pero aprendi muy pronto el espanol. Hago traduccion y en el pasado ayudé a los refugiados de Chile, de Honduras y de El Salvador. !Buena suerte!
Edited 08-30-2014 11:00 PM
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Alber
08-27-2014
04:52 PM ET (US)
In your web page: http://www.sentex.net/~nexus23/naa_lead.html
This link: www.macfdn.org/anniv/fostering_new_knowledge/network_on_successful_aging.htm
It`s broken.
If this is not the right place for this, i`m sorry.

Hablo español, perdone.
Como padre le doy mil gracias por despejar mi mente.
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Michelle Dawson
08-22-2014
07:25 PM ET (US)
"The Advantages of Dyslexia" http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/...ntages-of-dyslexia/ autism-relevant of course and here's the last paragraph:

"Whatever the mechanism, one thing is clear: dyslexia is associated with differences in visual abilities, and these differences can be an advantage in many circumstances, such as those that occur in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In physics we know that an engine is capable of productive work only when there are differences in temperature, hot versus cold. It’s only when everything is all the same that nothing productive can get done. Neurological differences similarly drive the engine of society, to create the contrasts between hot and cold that lead to productive work. Impairments in one area can lead to advantages in others, and it is these differences that drive progress in many fields, including science and math. After all, there are probably many more than three kinds of mathematicians, and society needs them all."
Edited 08-22-2014 07:25 PM
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Michelle Dawson
08-18-2014
01:44 PM ET (US)
The NAS is looking to fill a full-time (35hrs/wk) permanent position: "Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise" http://www.autism.org.uk/working-with/work...-and-expertise.aspx

Closing date is September 22. Here is part of the job description:

"The successful candidate should ideally have experience of commissioning and writing for publications and reports, project management, engagement with stakeholder groups and budget management. They should have excellent leadership skills and understanding of the autism environment including service providers, autism communities, family support, clinical and research communities."

Also note: "Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome."

Meanwhile Alex has just set three (three!) new personal bests and also won a race, hard to keep up http://therunman.blogspot.ca/
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Michelle Dawson
08-05-2014
02:53 PM ET (US)
"St Pauls Cathedral in the blitz" http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/art_gallery.aspx?Id=6801
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