Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

Douglas Quirk: Expanded Specifications for the Addicure Treatments, continued

I think that, for the sake of completeness, I should post the Expanded Specifications for the rest of the Addicure Treatments, in case some of you might be interested.  Here they are:

Treatment 2: Creating FLEXIBILITY:  The main target of this programme is the resistance of addictions to modification, which is to be seen both in their apparently intractable nature and in the fixity of attitudes frequently encountered among addicts.  Of course, such inflexibility tends to be denied, with addicts typically preferring to assign their intractability to addictive properties of their preferred chemicals.  At the same time, flexibility tends to be de-valued and routines followed.  However, it was felt that setting flexibility as a target would not serve as an impediment to treatment in this setting.

Block 1: Orientation:  The nature of the human learning machine.  Sources of rigidity: in habit strength and ongoing reinforcers, in general adaptation of the system to continuous stressors, in group/clique-founding involvements, in used of language (especially action-stultifying nouns).  Ways to allow greater adaptability, variety of experience and fun …

Block 2: Tools:  Self-Reward (Goal-Finding Personal Development goals method).  Finding the good and adaptable in yourself, everything and everybody else (Respect Training; Estimating percentage of time of goodness and achievement).  Here and Now living (Zen principles and illustrations);  Divergent Thinking (Dictionary for Divergent Thinkers).

Block 3: Therapeutics:  Anti-Introversion Training (Transcendental Meditation, Task Focus, Outgoing as Personal Development Goal);  Finding the Good in self and others (Respect Training, Assertive Training).

Block 4: Consolidation:  Creating Response Alternatives (Assertive Training, Divergent Thinking).  Expanding chosen Alternatives (Dream Image, If there are 2 of anything, then there are 3).  Letting go Control (Freedom Training).  Laugh then find a reason for doing so.  Summary and cuing observations.

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