Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

Douglas Quirk: Expanded Specifications for the Addicure Treatments, continued

Treatment 3: Creating EXCITEMENT:  The main focus of this programme is reinforcing consequences of chemicals in perpetuating addictive behaviour.  Excitement is rewarding, it is sometimes a need to be pursued, and it is considered by many addicts to be achievable only through use of excitant chemicals.  There is no point trying to reduce the need or pleasure in excitement.  There is some point in reducing the joylessness of depression and/or introversion in order to make excitement-seeking less necessary (see Treatment 8).  However, it at least seems appropriate to provide ideas about other kinds of excitement and reinforcement which might work to replace excitant chemicals.

Block 1: Orientation:  The role of buzz/rush and immediate gratification (P.I.G.) in addictions.  The expanded and the anticipated Present (consequences/what will follow are present perceived events).  The sources of joylessness (the ‘Love Test Tube’).  Taking control over one’s own life and contingencies.  The nature of the Unconscious as the realm of the Possibile.

Block 2: Tools:  Use of Verbs in place of Nouns.  Being ‘at cause’.  A Book of Natural Highs (eg., Concentration, Arousal, Now-Events Focus, Sexual Enhancement, Excitement Acts, Spiritual Experiences, Divergent Thinking/Humour, Creativity, Joy Experiences, Problem-Solving/Discovery, Falling, Mastery, Self-Reinforcement, Showing Off, Achievement, Self-Actualization).

Block 3: Therapeutics:  Means to enhance possibilities and excitement (Preliminary exposure to Values package; Book of Natural Highs exercises).  Treatment for the ‘Love Test Tube’ (Affect Training exercises, Taking Risks).  Enhancing Future Experience (Time-Line Future Pacing exercises).

Block 4: Consolidation:  How to Achieve Joy (Respect, Trust, Love) and exercises in each.  Personal Development Goal-Finding Method (to achieve qualities of joy and excitement).  Summary of programme and cuing observations.

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