Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

An Educational Aside In my working with teachers and school psychologists, I have noticed there is a trend toward attributing a wide array of maladaptive and challenging behaviors to autism. ¬†Poor social skills are called “autistic traits.” Whenever there is a profound sensory need autism is assumed, even though sensory processing issues are present in … More Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

Lack of valid outcome measures invalidates autism science…

Ooh Ooh Ooh! They Finally Did It! I have been waiting a while for a paper like this. Someone finally went and did a rather comprehensive analysis of outcome measures used in autism research. The evaluated whether or not the outcome measures were valid as endpoint targets for intervention studies. To give away the ending, … More Lack of valid outcome measures invalidates autism science…

Beyond Attention and Escape: The ABCs of Behavior in the Classroom

A Teaching Aside This post comes from my experiences with more experienced teachers trying to help me run my classroom more effectively. The theme of these interactions were to use what are called functional analyses to identify why certain students were acting the way they were and how to help them not misbehave anymore. I … More Beyond Attention and Escape: The ABCs of Behavior in the Classroom