1. Awesome, Birdie! I always so enjoy your posts! Thanks for sharing this! May I post it in my Blackboard Course (Teaching Individuals with Learning Disabilities) at Wayne State University?

    It made me think about the Adlerian theory of “private logic” or “private intelligence” that states an individuals core beliefs and assumptions (even when based on “facts”) guide each person’s movement through life and organize their reality, giving meaning to life events. This concept actually helps me a great deal when working with students with learning and behavioral challenges. I have a student with ASD who was very upset and hit another student (with ASD). He told me, when I asked him “what” made him hit his colleague … “well, he was whining like a dog, and wouldn’t stop, even when I asked him several times. Wining like a dog would be perfectly OK, if he WERE a dog, but he’s not a dog. So I hit him.” I can always find a line of logic behind my young friend’s actions if I listen long enough. Sasha @ http://www.maestrasasha.com

    • Hi Sasha- I’m flattered :). Of course you can use it!
      So exciting to hear about this private logic right now for me, as I am trying to rope in my thoughts for my dissertation. From what I just read about it, private thoughts are our own personal justifications for what we do. They may not be in line with “common sense” as Alder defines it, because common sense is really what society dictates, it’s what is “common”. I’m reading about Darwin now in Gruber (Darwin on Man: a Psychological Study of Scientific Creativity), and how Darwin struggled with his “private honesty” about his personal theories of evolution, because they conflicted with commonly accepted scientific paradigms. I’m always talking about how we need to have the courage to be vulnerable– how refreshing it is to see that Darwin, like me, felt very vulnerable, even though his ideas were brilliant. I always feel like students’ creative ideas are disrespected because they don’t fit with the common norms. in actuality, they are the seeds of pure brilliance!

      I love the dog whining logic! Thinking about ASD, and specifically Aspergers (is it not within the ASD anymore?), you are reminding me of my daughter in the hospital, how she flipped out when the nurse said, “Dr. Burns wants us to put you on the stretcher”. Her actions were totally justifiable! With her private logic, she understood the situation much differently than we did!

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