Comments on: On Communication and Double Standards: David Smukler’s Critique of the Theory of Mind Theory of Autism Changing the Cultural Conversation Wed, 04 Dec 2013 02:13:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: dennis Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:31:05 +0000 The – the researchers – DO ‘know’ what they are actually doing. Theory-of-mind is a myth – a ‘legitimizing myth’. Their purpose, as is the rule for MOST individuals and groups afflicting autists, is to USE those same autists – as tools – so as to increase their own social dominance. By the way, that approach is an effectual one: all rewards in the normalistic world are apportioned on the basis of how socially I dominant one is.

By: CarolAnn Edscorn Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:15:52 +0000 May I add my 2 bits? I do presentations about autism. I am 58, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 1995 at age 41. My BFA is in Theater, I earned an MS in Public Policy Analysis, Health & Education issues analysis, and also a graduate certificate in ASD (and I have tried to have them switch to ASCondition). Here is what I do with ToM…

So here’s the social story which is used to decide who has empathy, who can put himself in the shoes (EW!) of another person.

Sally & Ann are walking home. They each have baskets, and Sally has marbles in her basket. They go into Sally’s house and into the living room, where they play for awhile. Sally leaves the room. While Sally is gone Ann switches the marbles into HER basket. The Big Empathy Question: When Sally returns, where will she think HER marbles are?

LOST my friends, her marbles are lost.

First of all, the interviewer lost me at two girls walking home with baskets.

Do you know any girls who walk around with baskets? Where are they going? From where are they coming? Are they playing truant? What time of day is it? When they enter the home, why do they not greet Sally’s MOM? Where are the adults in these young children’s lives? Aren’t MARBLES a boys’ game-mostly? Did they ask permission to use the marbles? Why are they playing in the living room and not the play room or bedroom? If Sally left the room to pee I hope she washes her hands and if she is getting food I hope she brings some to share…

And I utter all this at high speed!

ToM does not make sense unless it is, indeed, deficit driven. Even then i question it. As I question Central Coherence Theory and Executive Function Theory.

So thank you for sharing this social constructivism and I have read a few other of your essays and shared them. I will probably quote some in my next Illuminating Autism workshop!