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 …

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 …