Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

Allegory of the cave

on 2012 January 9

How’s this for an astute 13 year old? My daughter was in my office and for some reason I wanted her reaction to ABA interventions (which she’s never seen). So I searched youtube for “autism ABA in action” and watched a clip that explained how autistic people have a core deficit in imitating others; people learn by imitation; therefore autistic people can’t learn blah blah. And it showed an ABA trainer clapping and saying “do this” to make a child clap.

When it was over she said one thing: “That video is like the allegory of the cave.” If you don’t know about that, it is an explanation of ignorance by Socrates.

I asked why is it like the cave? She said the adults were only seeing the shadows, and were not seeing the real child.

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3 responses to “Allegory of the cave

  1. Nathan says:

    Wow, that’s GOOD!

  2. Wouter says:

    the allegory of the cave is from plato, however.

  3. Wouter says:

    sorry you are right :p

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