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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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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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Michelle Dawson
08-04-2014
11:55 PM ET (US)
For those interested, study finding different effects of real-life eye contact on the task performance of autistic versus nonautistic children http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12273/full that's an open access paper

And if that doesn't interest you, "Serenading the cattle with my trombone" (via Andrew Sullivan's blog) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4 and another study (but it is paywalled) not finding the presumed oxytocin deficit in autism http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/31/1402236111
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Michelle Dawson
08-02-2014
10:58 PM ET (US)
Alison Lapper, who you can probably find mentioned here upthread somewhere, gets an honorary doctorate in the UK http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/20...le-drain-on-society

And just published, small 2-site autism oxytocin RCT, this time an 8 week course of treatment http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpp.12305/abstract sadly the paper is paywalled at the moment, though so far as I can tell the supplementary information isn't. The key findings (from the abstract):

"Participants who received oxytocin showed no benefit following treatment on primary or secondary outcomes. However, caregivers who believed their children received oxytocin reported greater improvements compared to caregivers who believed their child received placebo."
Edited 08-03-2014 05:29 AM
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Michelle Dawson
07-31-2014
06:11 AM ET (US)
"The Kids Who Beat Autism" NYT piece http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/magazine...ho-beat-autism.html well, no comment

Re /m13592 (and /m13591 ) I don't know much if anything about tax forms for US organizations, but ASAN does have staff and did pay $136,029 in "other wages and salaries" in 2012, just none of that went to "current officers, directors, trustees, and key employees," of which only one is listed as paid in 2012. And that is a big raise from 2011 to 2012.

Lots of other stuff in there to scratch your head over, though it would take someone who unlike me actually knows what they're doing to work out what happened, and of course you can't ask ASAN, that would cause an international incident (or something). In 2012, ASAN lost nearly $15,000 from "fundraising events?! In 2011 they got most of their money from other charities, who were named, while in 2012 they got most of their money from "contract services"? And so on.
Edited 07-31-2014 02:03 PM
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jypsy
07-30-2014
07:28 AM ET (US)
re /m13591 Nice little salary he has there, and nice little raise he got last year. If the president of the PEI RoadRunners was making that kind of money (he makes what the rest of the ASAN board does) and I was making zilch for all the work I do, I can't imagine I'd be too happy about it. At least they got the same percentage raise their president did...
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Michelle Dawson
07-29-2014
10:41 PM ET (US)
For those interested, ASAN has finally posted their 2012 tax form http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/upl...2_ASAN_Form_990.pdf

For comparison, their 2011 tax form http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/upl...1_ASAN_Form_990.pdf
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Michelle Dawson
07-21-2014
02:29 AM ET (US)
"British artist Stephen Wiltshire completes 4m-wide drawing of Singapore skyline" http://j.mp/1u6Va5D there are photos and a video, in which he answers a question about his favourite building

Also, from June (I just spotted it), "I’m a Scientist with Learning Disabilities and That’s Okay!" http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2...ilities-thats-okay/
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Michelle Dawson
07-19-2014
06:26 PM ET (US)
More photos of Stephen Wiltshire working on Singapore http://j.mp/1wK1GeF looks like he'll be done soon

And yet more photos of lightning in the UK, this time from the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery...-the-uk-in-pictures "Lightning looks like a giant electric squid hovering above London"
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Michelle Dawson
07-18-2014
05:24 PM ET (US)
Also, Stephen Wiltshire drawing Singapore, progress: http://twitter.com/StWiltshire/status/490148623749885954
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Michelle Dawson
07-18-2014
03:53 PM ET (US)
"lightning striking the English Channel off Hove in Sussex" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28366535 and other photos
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