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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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Michelle Dawson
12:46 AM ET (US)
Alex's excellent 2015 running highlights including the Boston marathon. Great photos as usual.

At a much slower, totally plodding level, this recent big-N study addressed the main point we made in a letter published in 2012 In fact that main point was first expressed in a tweet

And the new study supports that main point: self-injury in autism is still largely unexplained by the most strongly suspected factors ("These results reiterate criticisms cited by Forgeot d’Arc et al."). This is in great contrast to popular assumptions that self-injury in autism is easily predicted by autism "severity" or measured intelligence or verbal abilities and the like.

Of course it's also possible we still have no idea how to define and/or assess self-injury, "severity", intelligence, verbal abilities, and so on, in autism. In any case, things are far more complicated than is usually claimed.
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Michelle Dawson
09:50 PM ET (US)
Happy Christmas and holidays and all the best for the new year to everyone.

Here are lighthouses from all around the world
Edited 12-25-2015 11:10 PM
01:50 PM ET (US)
Congratulations Michelle,

Hope you are having a good day today.

Thank you ..... !
Michelle Dawson
05:25 PM ET (US)
"To mark the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse will honour 40 individuals committed to the daily struggle for the advancement of human rights."

That's from a press release

French press release is here

The website is here

And I'm one of the 40

Can retire now for sure! Or maybe not.
Edited 12-08-2015 10:14 PM
Mark kent
01:10 AM ET (US)
my blog

Michelle Dawson
09:39 PM ET (US)
And forgot to mention, wrtAUTISM has a new look The redesign, if that's the right term, was not 100% intentional. *sigh*. But it's still there and you can still use it to keep up on (idiosyncratic) autism-relevant blogs.
Edited 12-07-2015 09:40 PM
Michelle Dawson
09:22 PM ET (US)
Very sorry about the spam (the deleted messages) and for my usual slowness in getting caught up.

Mark, thank you for the link to your site. The site for Laurent's group, with which I collaborate, is here (in French). "Pour nous joindre" has address info, so do all our papers (here or here ).

Thanks so much for the kind words, HAAA. I've found Twitter more productive than blogging, for science communication. And I think all researchers have a responsibility to communicate about research to other researchers (in any field) and to everyone else. This is harder to do in autism than it should be, all the more so for an off-message autistic who is a slow plodding writer to boot. But am doing my best.
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HappyAspieAngry Aspie
08:19 PM ET (US)
Great encouragement that you are back in action on the pages of The Autism Crisis. This will inspire and motivate not just Autistics but all friends and allies as well. I am motivated to return from my brief retirement as an activist, and to resume working for the benefit of Autistics, and all who suffer from the label of disability.
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Mark kent
02:52 PM ET (US)
my blog

what is your university address michelle


Michelle Dawson
01:52 AM ET (US)
Notes on autism and assisted dying

New post (first since 2012!) at The Autism Crisis. How I came to write it is explained in the post.
Edited 12-02-2015 02:12 AM
Michelle Dawson
02:49 PM ET (US)
Autistica asked me to write something for their blog series on what history can tell us about the future of autism research.

Here's the post and here's how it ends:

"It is remarkable that while alarming claims about “costs of autism” are everywhere, there has been no concern whatsoever about the high costs, at every level, of autism-specific low standards. What is the way forward? We should listen to what history tells us. We should stop segregating autistics from the basic rights and standards everyone else can take for granted. Then we can see what else is needed."
Michelle Dawson
02:26 AM ET (US)
Also just noticed, future IMFARs, now all the way to 2020!

In 2019 it is in Montreal--again. IMFAR was here in 2006.

And in 2020 it's Seattle--again. IMFAR was in Seattle in 2007.

The other city which has had 2 IMFARs is San Diego, which held the first ever IMFAR in 2001 (back when I was delivering mail), then the 10th anniversary IMFAR in 2011 which I attended
Edited 09-22-2015 02:36 AM
02:20 AM ET (US)
Great re Autistica signing up to AllTrials. I have just been reminded by David Mery to press the NAP board here to sign up, which I did just yesterday - I imagine any hesitation they might have felt will disappear given Autistica's lead. Hooray for your persistence on this theme.
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