ASSQ Survey / More Social Nonsense about Aspies

This survey (Ehlers, Gillberg and Wing, 1999) is intended to segregate High Functioning Autistics – Asperger individuals from run of the mill problem children. The child is to be “rated”  by a teacher or a parent –

The statements about the child’s behavior have all the characteristics of testimony that’s not allowed in law courts: Assumption of guilt, subjective interpretation, inclusion of opinion and bias, hearsay, leading questions, improper conclusions based on knowledge that the witness has no way of knowing, and questions so generic that they apply to every human on the planet. The statements are ALL about what’s supposedly wrong with ASD children; in the face of authority (psychologist, psychiatrist) and wanting an answer (diagnosis) the “rater” is going to be drawn toward confirming negative opinions.

What should be alarming to any ASD individual or parent is the extreme manipulation that the subjective opinions, prejudice and bias, which result from surveys like this, (results falsely claimed to be “data”) are processed into something that can be presented as “qualitative” diagnosis – percentages, scores, and diagnostic categories into which individual children can be “scientifically” closeted. Of course, this manipulation is tied to funding for a host of children who need “special services.” It’s outrageous. It doesn’t end here: Brain scans are being used to “prove” many of the same or similar bogus concepts about Autism and Asberger’s.

Red dots are particularly non-diagnostic subjective adjectives and adverbs – not behaviors.

____________________________________Here we go! 

 survey HFA 001 Part 1 color survey HFA 001 Part 2 color

It’s all about SOCIAL CONFORMITY.  

The vocabulary attached to Asperger children in this survey is rather peculiar. What’s the likelihood that a word like “Deviant” will prejudice the “rater?” What’s the likelihood that a child will be Old-Fashioned, that is, aware of, and copying styles of thinking, from earlier times? It is clear that this survey has nothing to do with the brain, brain processing, or measurable behavior.

DEVIANT: adjective / deviating, as from what is considered acceptable behavior

noun / a person whose behavior, esp. sexual behavior, deviates from what is considered to be acceptable

DEVIANT (Medicine) adjective /differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.

Noun: / one that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

IDIOSYNCRATIC: adjective / pertaining to something peculiar to an individual

PRECOCIOUS: adjective / unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development

OLD-FASHIONED: adjective / of a style or kind that is no longer in vogue: old-fashioned ideas: having the conservative behavior, ways, ideas, or tastes of earlier times

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