One Size Does Not Fit All in Special Education: Lessons from Procrustes

This is an abbreviated version of the story of Procrustes the Stretched and Theseus from here (emphasis mine). Theseus went on his way again. After a few miles, it got dark. Theseus saw a large house up ahead of him. He decided to ask the owner for a bed for the night, so he walked … More One Size Does Not Fit All in Special Education: Lessons from Procrustes

External Incentives DECREASE Intrinsic Motivation: Implications for Classroom Management

This blog post is another in a relatively long string of posts describing why I do not feel reward or incentive-based management systems are appropriate models for school-wide behavioral management (previous posts here). Up until now, I have been addressing the issue from an educational perspective with a particular focus on how rewards can turn … More External Incentives DECREASE Intrinsic Motivation: Implications for Classroom Management

Nonverbal Learning Disabilitiess: an Endophenotype Across Neurodevelpmental Disorders

I started working with a student and kept finding they had a pattern of strengths and weaknesses academically that was familiar to a nonverbal disability that I had studied in many neurodevelopmental disorders. In talking to this student’s parents, I learned that what I saw made sense. The student has a genetic disorder similar to … More Nonverbal Learning Disabilitiess: an Endophenotype Across Neurodevelpmental Disorders

Why ABA is not Effective: A Behavior Analysis Perspective

A Theoretical Aside I have repeatedly mentioned here on this blog that I am not a fan of Applied Behavioral Analysis (link). I have stated that I hold these objections for various reasons: I consider ABA to be compliance training and I have grave concerns regarding the long-term consequences of teaching disabled youth that compliance … More Why ABA is not Effective: A Behavior Analysis Perspective