On archtecture 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 …

On autism and extroversion

We often talk about cognitive disabilities and diagnosis like it was synonymous. Of course it isn’t. A diagnosis names some cognitive disabilities, but only if they lead to problems in everyday life. We also often describe the person with the disability as if it was a totally normal person if …

On altruistic punishment

Often when I speak with staff in care, psychiatry or schools they describe that they have been forced to lead a person away or to restrain someone in order to protect the others. Often, but not always, they are aware that the person they handled didn’t benefit from the intervention, …

The skill ceiling

Some years ago I started using a concept that I think makes sense. I realised that when I got questions in my guiding groups that I could immediately answer I had no problem sticking to good methods. But when I got questions that I did not have any immediate answers …

Hejlskov’s car garage

The principle of responsibility is derived from Bernhard Weiners work. It states that The one that takes responsibility gains influence This means that if we want to be able to influence anything we need to take responsibility. Of course that is not an easy task. It’s easy enough when we …