Monthly Archives: November 2011

Andrea Pecherek, chartered psychologist and Bond Solon expert witness, blocks diagnosis and treatment of latent /converted handedness

Andrea Pecherek, a British Psychological Society (BPsS) and Bond Solon expert witness, has prevented all chartered psychologists in the UK from gaining expertise in recognizing, diagnosing and managing latent and converted handedness. Pecherek has done so from her erstwhile position … Continue reading

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Anchors or points on the autistic spectrum?

Over the past few weeks the New Scientist has published two letters from self-declared autistic authors. Proebsting (12 November, p35) claimed not to be but to have autism;  a major aspect of which is insensitivity. Lavender (26 November, p31) claims … Continue reading

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Headteacher, Mrs Kathryn Brown, unable to grasp the need to recognise, diagnose and manage the consequences of pupils writing with the non-adept hand

A headteacher, Mrs Kathryn Brown – amongst all those concerned with the well-being of children and adults-  was the first person unable to grasp the need to recognise, diagnose and manage the consequences of pupils writing with the non-adept hand … Continue reading

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Ofsted: outstanding and potential

Ofsted still persists in using norm-referenced criteria when judging the ‘performance’ of schools in the task of educating pupils. Given Ofsted’s criticism of those schools who are still rated merely ‘satisfactory’, one can only assume they would aim for all … Continue reading

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Military wives choir: the power of hand-to-hand contact

The almost magical power of hand-to-hand contact to help overcome an almost debilitating fear, in this instance of singing alone, can be witnessed in one of Gareth Malone’s The  Choir: Military Wives BBC2 broadcasts. The Choir: Military Wives The particularly … Continue reading

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Autism: to be or to have?

Proebsting’s succinct letter to the New Scientist  (5 November) –in commenting on a previous article “I’m autistic, I don’t care what you think” (15 October) – perhaps unwittingly raises more questions than he realizes. He is merely making a claim … Continue reading

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UK government publications now sanction ‘behavior’ change

The UK government creates a lot of fuss and bother about the need for correct spelling in its focus on literacy, yet the evidence from its own publicity indicates that its own practice fails to match this rhetoric. My previous … Continue reading

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The British Psychological Society or a branch of the American Psychological Association?

In the British Psychological Society’s written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology committee on the peer review process we find the following Americanisms: 1.1 “the main strengths of peer review lie in its usage of experts to … Continue reading

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Degendered nouns, emotion-free judgments and political correctness

Unlike virtually all other European and many other non-European languages, English has a diminishing number of gender-marked words. Consider ‘headmaster / headmistress, actor / actress, conductor / conductress, waiter / waitress, host / hostess’. Over the course of a few … Continue reading

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