Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

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On token economies
In many care settings I visit, primarily in the field of children, different systems are being used to reward good behaviour. The simplest ones are about getting a biscuit if you go for a walk, and the most complex ones are made up of smileys or coins you can get for certain desirable behaviours and then you can exchange these smileys or coins for different experiences, excursions, sweets or gadgets. This way of thinking comes from some studies mainly of school situations, where children receive rewards from participating in learning situations. It is easy to understand why staff use token economies....
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On token economies
In many care settings I visit, primarily in the field of children, different systems are being used to reward good behaviour. The simplest ones are...
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Traffic is dangerous if there’s no structure or you’re sleeping

Sometimes I meet staff who have entered into a heightened safety awareness. They describe the people they work with as being dangerous and are constantly on their guard. They might remove anything that you could hurt yourself with or that might be thrown. I do not deny that people with …

Autonomic traffic regulations

The American philosopher Martha Nussbaum has written a wonderful book with great relevance for psychiatric care, general care and school settings. It’s called Frontiers of Justice. In the book she says that all pedagogy and care is about removing autonomy. We do this when we decide that the person we …

The autism car

There are many different ways to describe autism. Some of the ways we normally use are actually diagnostic criteria, which are not always pedagogically relevant. Therefore, I distinguish between defining symptoms (used in diagnostics) and descriptive symptoms (which provide more information and often are pedagogically relevant to a greater degree). …

On architecture and challenging behavior

Recently I was asked to comment on some architectural drawings of a school to be built in a municipality in Skåne. The school has students from preschool to sixth grade. The five youngest classes would have their classrooms on the ground floor and the sixth-graders a small, secluded area on …

On the ethics of autonomy

The american philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote a wonderful book of great relevance in psychiatry, care and education. It´s called Frontiers of Justice. In it she claims that all care concerning people with disabilities is centered around the limitation of people´s autonomy. We limit people´s autonomy when we decide they should brush …