Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

However, you may well say that psychologists get to do some of the most interesting things with some of the world’s most fascinating and wonderful people. Now, that’s true. But the costs are not yet fully laid out for you. You see, when they finally start practising independently, they have a choice to make ā€“ perhaps depending more on temperament than on free choice. They can be sort of flamboyant, get to be well-known and perhaps get enough business to make the whole endeavour economically worthwhile. Or they can be sort of retiring, not noticed by anyone and scrape through life on the edge of poverty.
For most of those who choose the latter course, about the only way to survive financially is to become employed as a guest in someone else’s ‘house’ ā€“ in physicians’ houses called hospitals, or in social workers’ houses called agencies, or in teachers’ houses called schools, or in correctional officers’ houses called jails or correctional centres. They have to work in ‘someone else’s house’ because Psychology, as a science and a profession, is unlikely ever to have its own institutional base ā€“ to allow psychologists to command good incomes. Institutions are set up to establish and perpetuate fixed procedures and products. That’s why institutions do not accommodate well to change. Psychology is not likely to create institutions of its own because, as a science, the knowledge on which it bases its work is always changing.
Felicity is a sort of retiring (soon, but not yet) person. Nobody notices him or cares whether he goes to work or not. You may well ask why anybody would be like that if to be flamboyant results in more money pouring in. Well, everything that has its up-side also has its down-side. Some of Felicity’s friends who are also psychologists have chosen the more flamboyant route. Perhaps you would like to hear about the exciting life one of them leads.

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