There is value in identifying and changing careless therapy labels.
Accuracy in naming reflects a caring dedication of one’s understanding.
When therapists don’t know what they’re doing, they inflict harm.
Some are surprised to discover how wrong they have been.
Others intentionally fake expertise for personal gain.
We need to care for people better than this.
I believe this tutorial to be safe in tone.
But I will not be not harsh, even in fun, just in case.
Except when calling out intentional quacks.
In such cases, I will sometimes be less reserved (and more amused with myself).
At the very least, the clarification of terms in The Imitation Family of Concepts should be useful on its own, and that section is devoid of any intensely editorializing voice.
A Plea for Open-Mindedness in the Beforemath
Recipe for Snake Oil
The Slick Pitch
It’s Still a Duck
Purpose of this Tutorial
Respecting What you Don’t Know
Guideline #1: Consorting with Wizards
Guideline #2: Invite Criticism
When Figurative Illustration Goes Wrong
“Object Permanence and ADHD”
“Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”
“Lungs are Bellows”
Be Figurative Only When Accurate
Standards for Therapy Names
Don’t Get Hysterical
Interlude: Determining some Terms
Semeiognomy: the Meaning of “Meaning”
You are Here
Types of Imitation
Innovation: Novel Expressions
Oxymoronic Labels: Variably Useful
“Gestalt” has Nothing to Do with It
“Delayed Echolalia” has Nothing toDo with It
Up to “This Point”: What it Isn’t
After “This Point’: What it Is
Save the Baby (Cheerleader)?
Honor their Expression
Scaffold Conventional Access
Formalist Linguistics: Blissfully Defined by Cherry-picked Data
Inability to Segment Time-streams
Why Peters Chose “Gestalt”
Gestalt ≠ Unresolved Mass
More than Words
But What If…
Let’s Make some Noise
Artificial Augmentation of Environmental Segmentation
And I’m Not So Sure about You
Voice Intensity Spectrum: Kind > Polite > Civil > Firm > Sharp > Danger
Mahler’s Interoception Programs
Mahler’s Steps Have Value
(Step 1) Body: notice body signals
(Step 2) Emotion: connect signals to meaning
(Step 3) Action: regulate with an action that promotes internal comfort & health
Comfort and Compliance
Types of Practice
Summing Up this Bit on Mahler’s Concerns
Appendix 1: Details about Categorization
Atypicality and the Suspicious Coincidence Effect
Appendix 2: ASHA’s Stances are Sometimes Wrong
We can and should care for people better than this.
Now we’re ready to look at some disturbing (and familiar) therapies that have nothing to do with the conditions that they were designed (in ignorance) to therapize, no matter how much they are argued (by their inadequately informed designers) to be grounded in common sense.
Common sense isn’t automatically right; in fact, common sense is often just plain wrong, and imagination can extrapolate that error into a procedure that harms one whole hell of a lot of people. It can take centuries (if not millennia) for the quackery to be exposed.
We don’t want communication disorder quackeries to plague us for that long.
It’s pretty easy to be incompetent about the “echolalia” network of concepts, as the literature and the research are clustered messes. (I blithely wallowed in unexamined ignorance for years.) I’m going to suggest a taxonomy here for the purposes of clarity of discussion, but keep in mind that your understanding might vary from what I describe (given your individual path to this knowledge).
Given the tutorial foundation that we have built up to this point, we can move on to solidly support the contention that “delayed echolalia” is quackery, and then discuss the effect that this misunderstanding has had on the products that are based upon that error.
The challenge is not only to symbolically link one well-bounded form with one well-circumscribed conception, but to make sure that those pairings closely match the conventional system of symbols that is dominant in that communication environment (i.e., ensure that they are accepted as paradigmatic among participants).
All sorts of involved material has been written about the development of cognitive precursors in prenatal people, including the functions that contribute to symbolization. If you want to understand what has not been going well for someone, then you need to know at least something about what should have been happening.