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 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
What you Call Something Matters
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 are designed to therapize, no matter how much they are argued 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.
The Imitation Family of Concepts
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 it.