Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

Douglas Quirk and Addictions, continued

I realize that brief summary may be too brief for some people to follow, so here is a more extended description of the first Addicure treatment workshop:

Treatment 1: Creating SUCCESS:  The main target of this treatment program is the sense of failure experienced by many addicts both throughout their histories (as seen in their proneness to report and expect punishment and failure) and in their attempts to stop their addictive behaviours.  Failure is a punishing experience for them, and they often seek to forget it.  It is difficult to set out to reduce their sense of failure as it is often denied;  and focusing on it seems mainly to impair their involvement or participation.  To seek to enhance their unrealistic view of their success and importance, however, can be equally inappropriate.  It affords more practice for them in avoiding reality.  The solution seemed to be to help participants to succeed in various ways.

Block 1: Orientation:  Failure as acceptance of another’s judgement.  Judgements are based upon individuals’ values, which differ from person to person.  If I am attempting to do one thing (with which I succeed to a degree), I will be failing to do something else which someone else may fail to understand I was trying to accomplish.  Humans are the world’s most magnificent and perfect learning machines.  You are incredibly good at learning, at figuring out what YOU want to do, and at accomplishing that.  But we sometimes don’t know quite how to go about accomplishing something we want to do.  Problems in the way of success may come from weak attention to the task [ADD] or concentration [distractions].  The ‘learning circle’ (Knowledge<–Learning<–Effort<–Interest<–Knowledge) and its point of entry — effort.  Role of attitude (failure expectations, self-image, willingness to try, concepts of external causation/locus of control, habits of waiting for others to initiate) and of simply ‘doing’.

            Block 2: Tools:  Simple tools for learning: Estimate the Number of Dots task, Perceptual Discrimination tasks, Precision Learning, Self Reward and Graphing Successes.  Simple tools for success: Relaxation (Programming), Planning (Goal-Finding).  Introduction to the Goal-Finding program and hand out its materials.  How always to succeed: (1) Set goals with which you can succeed; (2) Use the Personal Development goals procedure from the Goal-Finding program.  Explanation and practice exercise.  Note: The Goal-Finding program’s Trainer’s Manual and Materials used here are available.

            Block 3: Therapeutics:  Change History of Failures (with Time-Line).  Undo Effects of Failure (with Rapid Phobia Treatment). Convert Failure to Success, Disapproval to Approval (Visual Squash using these polarities).  List day’s achievements.

            Block 4: Consolidation:  Design your Future (for positive experiences).  Goal-Finding Personal Development Goals Method for self-reward/running your own life and destiny.  Summary of program and cuing observations.

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