That is a damn fine pic
One of the autistic students at the school I teach at was often ‘calmed’ by being squished in a folded foam mattress by his Teacher Aide. I hate to think what anybody observing that thought.
Sounds like a good sort of squeeze machine to me.
All this is part of piece, isn’t it? The abysmal failure of the New Zealand educational system to adopt progressive ways of recognising, teaching and funding students with needs different to the great mass.
Our system does well for kids in the middle. Some schools – to their cost – do well for special-needs kids.
Challenging behaviour might be at the heart of it. The same intermediate that couldn’t deal with our younger son (and let me be clear, they weren’t bad people and they didn’t have the resources they needed) was a turning point for our older boy. Jim was the first recipient of an award sponsored by another family for the most-improved special needs pupil. That was wonderful. His brother needed something different.
The problem with the GSE caseworker (who was not attached to the school) was that she did not grasp that the apparently problematic behaviour was totally logical for the kid displaying it. I got that. She should have.
Ah, so I arrived during Set 2.
I also ducked out in the break to get a beer to bring back. Tbh, I rather enjoyed just getting into it and hardly talking to anyone :-)
I bought How Music Came Out and have been reading it this afternoon. Given the personal tone of the book I feel like I have the extra bonus of Martin having been a friend both before and after he came out, and that it was music that brought us together in the first place. How nice.
I always liked the way that Two Nice Girls, a self-described "dyke rock" group from Texas, were able to incorporate a certain disco classic into their thing:
I interviewed them in London way back in the 80s. They were really cool, and not just 'cos I'm a sucker for any version of 'I Feel Love'.
I believe that was the theory at the time.
There is a reason that the place where people gather their thoughts before going on stage or on screen is called a "green room".
how little our education system has done to educate itself about the needs of autistic students. It disgusts me.
As I’ve noted here before, we had to push back against some awful ignorance on the part of one “specialist” in the system. She was convinced the issue was behavioural and pressured us constantly to send our son to a residential school – which would have deprived him of every secure, reliable element in his life.
It caused us a lot of grief and things could have been a lot worse had we not been articulate enough to push back. I’ve worried often about the harm this person has inflicted on other families.
That was more than a decade ago. I hoped things might have changed.
The Joe Meek Story is a wonderful, sometimes sad, documentary. It seems to be on YouTube in parts:
The scene where his brothers talk about there being "indoors and outdoors boys" and him being "an indoors boy" is precious.
I can’t find that on any ‘reputable’ web site. So far all I have found comes from James O’Keefe himself. There is a comment that Fox News reported it but there is nothing about it on their web site.
Snopes looks at O’Keefe’s four 2016 videos and does a great job of explaining why no media organisation goes near them. He’s a lying, unethical scumbag, basically.