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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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Michelle Dawson
01-18-2015
10:59 PM ET (US)
For Beppe, thank you for your interest. Very sorry but there's no French or Italian translation (there's been a German translation though).

For me interviewed in French (on Radio-Canada, from Saturday morning) see http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/Les_s...2011-2012/index.asp and scroll down to the (awful) puzzle pieces. It was a struggle on my part for many reasons, but did my best.

For those following changes in ICD-11-beta (with the final ICD-11 now due in 2017), after a long period of only minor changes in autism spectrum subgroups and sub-subgroups, there's been yet another overhaul http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en in fact the draft seems to be running through the thesaurus in trying to name subgroups based on "functional language" (by which they probably mean speech).
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Beppe
01-13-2015
09:43 AM ET (US)
Hello Ms. Dawson,
I am an Italian teacher who works with students with difficulties. I am very interested in your work and to your articles on autism. Thanks for all this.
I would like to ask you if there are translations available in French (or Italian) of your 2004 article: The misbehaviour of Behaviourists: Ethical Challenges to the Autism-ABA Industry. Sorry, my English is very low functioning ...

Thanks in advance
Best regards
Beppe
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Michelle Dawson
01-07-2015
05:20 AM ET (US)
So--for more than 20 years, I've been using an "innovative new traction system"?! I had no idea...

Also didn't realize you needed to train so much so far ahead of a marathon. Wonder if you need to run less (or more?) when you train in the freezing cold.

We have a few minus 34's (Celsius) in our forecast for the next day or two. That's me being blue-green with envy about San Diego.

For anyone who doesn't look at my tweets, very important (but no media coverage) recent federal court decision in Canada, barring a family from immigrating here because they have an autistic child http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2014/2...238/2014fc1238.html
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jypsy
01-06-2015
09:55 AM ET (US)
Running stores now sell this "innovative new traction system that gives maximum stability and control without chains, straps or coils!" - yeah, "Icespikes" http://ca.shop.runningroom.com/accessories...deluxe-package.html I think you'll recognize them...

Alex generally goes through a pair of Yaktrax a year - and he doesn't run in the winter, except for a half marathon in Feb, a 10K in March and maybe a couple of little runs before that February "Freeze Your Gizzard" race. Well.... that was until this winter. One doesn't run the Boston Marathon without training. I was quite concerned about how he'd deal with this. He hadn't run, aside from a few races, since he was laid off work for the season in October. About 10 days ago I looked up the marathon training plan on the Boston Marathon site and found 2 - a "veteran" and an "Intermediate" plan. Both consisted of way more miles/week than Alex normally runs and both started December 30th. I printed them off and gave them to him to think over, telling him his usual mileage was probably just fine (about 35+Km/week vs the Intermediate plan's 35+Miles/week. To my surprise, Monday morning, December 30th, out the door he went. And Tuesday... and Wednesday...and Thursday... Sunday he did 10 miles on the road near us that I think is perfect (read: hilly!) for Boston training. I dug out a training log and suggested he keeps notes (distance, weather and route) and I hope he does. So now my worry that he wouldn't train has been replaced that he'll train too hard and hurt himself or the weather will get him (-31 windchill when he headed out today). December 30th he ran in just a long sleeved running shirt. He's looked like a Ninja out there ever since!

In less than 10 days I'll be in San Diego..... :)
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Michelle Dawson
01-06-2015
04:03 AM ET (US)
For spiked boots, I screw hex-headed screws (sheet metal screws, the ones I use are #6 3/8") into the soles of my boots--16 per boot, 8 in the heel, 8 in front.

If you walk a lot then you will go through a lot of screws.

But now there are all kinds of new improved etc traction things you can strap onto your boots (or running shoes) to walk (or run) on ice, like Yaktrax (sp?). I haven't tried any of them but they are probably easier than making spiked boots. I'm just used to spiked boots.
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Alain
01-06-2015
02:46 AM ET (US)
Michelle,

Speaking about spiked boots, how do you make them? Can we find instructions somewhere?

Thanks you very much and please have my best regards,

Alain
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Alain
01-06-2015
02:34 AM ET (US)
You know Michelle, I have CanLII indexed in my feedreader to alert me about criminal cases. I have a case of interest.

Happy new year :)

Alain
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Michelle Dawson
01-05-2015
09:58 PM ET (US)
Re /m13624 well...when I went out things weren't quite frozen solid yet--still a lot of ice and icy snow flying around. Left my spikes at home and didn't really need them. Maybe later. Except now we have "sidewalk blitz"! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mon...ice-storm-1.2890530

For anyone interested in legal issues and privacy, interesting autism-relevant story http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-b...ls/article22284367/ I search CanLII several times a week, it's a really important resource.
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jypsy
01-05-2015
07:42 PM ET (US)
re /m13623 I had pictured you in your spiked boots, walking the city, quite in your element...
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Michelle Dawson
01-05-2015
07:37 PM ET (US)
"Deaf musicians shatter myths about hearing impairments and sound" http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2015/01/05/deaf-jam/ on CBC radio, with ASL interpretation. "Is it an oxymoron to be a deaf musician? Or are the rest of us just not listening?"

Either I'm becoming more and more of a wimp or the weather is getting more and more extreme, or both... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ext...ice-storm-1.2889629 photos and video from the past day or two, there is a person on a bicycle
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Anne
01-02-2015
02:25 AM ET (US)
Happy New Year Michelle and friends!
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Michelle Dawson
01-01-2015
09:32 PM ET (US)
Alex's excellent running year, highlights (and great photos) http://therunman.blogspot.ca/2014/12/my-20...ing-highlights.html

And another totally cool autistic guy http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/8216-Amazi...6-detail/story.html "We just see a boring concrete tower, he sees something wonderful. He just stood in amazement at the new car park at Addenbrooke’s."

And there are now more than a million free preprint papers in the arXiv http://www.nature.com/news/the-arxiv-prepr...on-articles-1.16643 If you search you can find a few autism papers (two are SBC papers; physics covers a lot of ground). And there is now http://biorxiv.org/ more free preprints, including a handful of autism papers so far.
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Michelle Dawson
12-28-2014
06:37 AM ET (US)
"What is it like to be a blind film critic?" http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-30541793 BBC video

Also: "It basically comes down to: badly designed trials that are rigged to give positive answers; withheld trial data; and the biased dissemination of evidence through marketing." And much more, from Ben Goldacre (him again!) http://www.vox.com/2014/12/27/7423229/ben-goldacre

And: snow in the UK, photos http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2...-the-uk-in-pictures there are some unflappable sheep

Most of the above is autism-relevant (really).
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Michelle Dawson
12-25-2014
01:02 AM ET (US)
"All I Want for Christmas Is My Brain on My Christmas Tree: Doctor 3D prints ornaments of his brain" http://3dprint.com/31522/3d-printed-brain-ornaments/ there are photos, also a full-size 3D printed brain desk ornament.

All the best to everyone for the holidays and the new year.
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Michelle Dawson
12-09-2014
10:17 PM ET (US)
Weather bomb in the UK! http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/de...angerous-conditions

And some UK snow photos http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-28...ike-later-week.html there are horses, there are sheep, there are cows, there are deer (humans too)

Here we have snow, blowing snow, freezing drizzle, ice pellets, rain--at the moment and/or just a short while ago and/or soon.

Also, new from Ben Goldacre (him again!), this time on data and privacy http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014...ts-were-giving-away for sure autism-relevant
Edited 12-09-2014 10:20 PM
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Michelle Dawson
11-29-2014
06:19 PM ET (US)
Today, Mind Hacks turns 10 http://mindhacks.com/2014/11/29/3652-days/ and still always worth reading

"This is the 4950th post and Mind Hacks has been going for 3652 days which means we’ve published an average of 1.4 posts a day, every day, for the last 10 years."
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