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Gentle Teaching and Developmental Disabilities

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:10pm

Advocates of gentle teaching approaches to helping individuals with disabilities focus on feelings (especially those of caregivers) and relationships.  They view traditional behavioral approaches as being manipulative and, at times, even violent.  While personally I believe that criticisms of behavioral theory as being manipulative were addressed effectively years ago by B.F. Skinner in Beyond Freedom and Dignity, there is nonetheless some value in all of us infusing our work with a bit of "active humanism."  In today's podcast, I stretch a bit beyond a focus on Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, to talk about gentle teaching and developmental disabilities.  I interviewed David Yeiter of Monadnock Developmental Services who is a strong advocate of this type of approach.  Click on the MP3 download below to hear this week's program.

Download pr11_complete.mp3 (2.58MB; 7:32 mins)

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