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*New* article, More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritingCommunity #WritersLift #Write
In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history & legal issues associated with ABA.…
This week, an article was published from my home province of Ontario. The reporter, @JessicaRDurling, included multiple perspectives in her story. Durling brought together voices from families, proponents of ABA, as well as Autistic self-activists who speak out about its harms.
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I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.”

Um, well, yes.

He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy.

#GentleParenting #Parenting #WritersLift
Certainly all of our actions have consequences, and I mean naturally-occurring consequences, not adult-imposed punishments.…

#MediumWriter #MediumBlogger #ParentingBlog #ParentingTips #ParentingAdvice #MentalHealthAwareness #ADHDAwareness #Oppositional
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The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children.

So many Autistic people explain how & why ABA is abusive & harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it.…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritersLift
I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.”…

#WritingCommunity #WritersSupportingWriters #ADHDSupport #CelebrateNeurodiversity #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticPride #AutisticPrideDay
Professionals need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standard is subjective; it will mean different things to different people.

Successful supports (as opposed to "therapies") will mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to the CHILD?
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I might have finally cracked the mystery of why people ask questions in conversation. 🧵 1/6 #WritingCommunity
People ask questions in conversation because they listen to what the other person is saying, and that's ticking off picture's in the listener's mind; so, as they listen, they're simultaneously 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨; they're 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮, right?📖
Since the listener is not sole creator and this story really happened, the 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧-𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧 has no choice but to direct uncertainty about where the story is going outward, as a question. A listener might be saying, "I know what would happen if she were a mother."
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Writers: I just served as a reader for a manuscript contest. I read 119 CNF essays.
#WritingCommunity #Writers

Things I learned/advice:

1) Follow instructions—no identifiers. If you’re “known,” don’t name siblings or famous parents either, or your essay won’t be blinded. 1/n
2) Writing about people, dead or alive, remember they have privacy rights. If writing about medical or therapeutic relationships, HIPAA laws protect individuals for 50 yrs after death. So change the damn names, or say they’re pseudonyms. (Unless you have written consent) 2/n
3) Ask a friend to read your piece out loud back to you—the best way to catch awkward sentences or imprecise language. Lean on your writing friends to tell you when something is not clear. Careful with unusual or clever words: be clear! 3/n
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The tweet is a new genre of prose poetry, a succinct and sometimes humorous statement that packs a punch while consisting of exactly 280 characters. #poetry #genre #WritingCommunity The emoji will replace standard English spelling and grammar by the will of Revolutionary poets!✊
An activist is one who protests government wrongdoing. There are no rightwing protesters. The right supports government wrongdoing and advocates for more of it, with state violence if necessary. Protest is an expression of discontent with wrongdoing. Conservatives do not protest.
Are there "activist" investors? No. There are only investors who want to change things at the businesses they invest in, usually to make more money. The problem we face is, we have media like Forbes and Bloomberg defining our words for us. We must take them back. Or destroy them.
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Do you struggle with writing down your scientific work? Here are some tips from me that have helped me write whole chapters in only a weekend and my master thesis in a week! 😅

#WritingCommunity #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdvoice @AcademicChatter @PhDVoice @PhDinGermany
1. Always start with your Figures and Tables. Arrange them in a sensical order. Write keywords or main outcomes as bullet points. Build your story around them.
2. Think: why did I do this? What and how did I do it? What did I find? What does it mean? Check literature and divide it across these 5 questions. If uncertain where to start, search for a most recent review article on your topic.
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Here’s a 🧵 no one asked for but I wanted to talk about how I wrote a book in three weeks for clarity. I am low key obsessed with reading about other writers processes so here we go 1/#WritingCommunity
This latest thriller is my 26th? 27th manuscript I’ve written. That helps because I know my weaknesses and strengths. I also have another penname in a different genre and have been publishing for six years there 2/?
I know when I focus, I can write 2.5K words an hour. So, I try to figure out how many hours I need for a draft. This also takes into account a) I write wayyy faster in the morning and b) I disconnect from the internet cause I have no self control 3/?
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#WritingCommunity #books #amwriting

I arrived in the Big Apple, New York City from the hills of Natal, South Africa to glamour-shock. The big city lights intimidated me in so many ways. It’s safe to say I was not prepared for the life that awaited me in the Big Apple
In the absence of my mother, community, and the priest I had no one to guide me. As such, I had to rely solely on what they taught me.
It remained to be seen if that would keep me on the straight and narrow.
Truth is one is never prepared for the charms of the big Apple.
Natal didn’t present a lot of challenges to my character and tests to my spirituality.
The immediate struggle I faced in the concrete jungle of #NewYorkCity was to fit in. I had to fit in if I were to properly integrate and function in that environment.
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On April 23, 2022, I registered with Florida Department of Corporations
Entity Name: 1equal1, 1=1, #1=1, One Equal One, 1e1, 1ae1, ONE EQUAL ONE, One_Equal_One, ONE_EQUAL_ONE, Inc.
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(as proof of Payment; undeterred by delays. happy to comply with #consumerprotection #law #regulation)

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Today, May 17, 2022 I had the courage. I applied for a #Grant @OpenSea.
My submission for #grant

1equal1 is……
with the Power of #NFTCommunity
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1equal1, the project is a personal commitment and movement to advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing via digital art in the blockchain.
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We're coming up on #RogueMentor announcements, & I'm going to take a moment to share some writing tips I've gathered after mentoring in 3 different programs. None of these are subtweets of any particular MS, just general issues I see over and over again. #WritingCommunity (1/12)
Use fewer questions in your interiority. Statements are usually stronger; check to see how many of your internal questions can be rewritten as statements and you'll probably find a *lot* that can. #writingtips (2/12)
Don't say, "The view was indescribable." You are a writer. Describe it. #writingtips (3/12)
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for kicks … I keep a day count. For example, May10.d237+~283
iCloud is off for all apps in all my devices. Thus, I ponder and ask, dear @Apple, please explain what is stored in the 2.8GB in GREY? As evidence in the images, my
backup for this account is 0KB. What are you storing without my permission? I am logged in the web for the account, and there is no explanation for the 2.8GB

Messages 4
Contacts 0
Photos 0
Drive 0 (Empty)
Notes 0

#Apple #iCloud #abuse
#liberty #freedom #privacy #pii
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Dear #writers, #writingcommunity,

In your scenes with sex, how much of you, the person, is in the scene?

Do you know?

Let’s investigate.
This is what I hear from writers:

“They’ll think I do this.”

“I don’t know if I can write body parts.” ⏩Embarrassment

“I’ll skip sex and write it later.”

“What if I don’t get it right?”
Writing sex in your story is an art and a craft.

Like sex, it is a learned skill.
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I know #querying is bad rn. BUT, I've also looked at several query letters recently... And please, please, please -- don't shoot yourself in the foot before an agent even gets to your pages. Follow the standard query format. Make it engaging.

A 🧵 for the #WritingCommunity ...
1/7 Include your meta data! At the top or at the bottom! (I prefer top, so the agent knows what to expect, right away.) It should have your title, (CORRECT) genre, age group, word count and comps. The comps should be recent, recognizable and multiple. Better yet, get specific...
2/7 ...About why you're using the comps you are. Don't just say "My book is similar to The Night Circus." Tell us that you have a cast of strong female characters like in Comp 1, a tantalizing mystery like Comp 2, and a sexy love story like Comp 3.
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In the past 6 weeks, I have read over 2000 pages and provided over 100 pages of feedback on pilots, features & shorts.

Within the writing itself, here are the 9 most common issues I saw -

#screenwriting #screenwriter #writing #writingtips #WritingCommunity #screenplay #teleplay

Looks, walks, laughs, smiles, enters, exits, leaves - these are all bland verbs that don’t tell us anything about the character.

Instead, use: glances, peers, strides, ambles, giggles, cackles etc

#screenwriter #WritingCommunity #screenwriting

If you set your plot, stakes, antag & protag up well in the logline, don’t spend most of the narrative to get to that point

It feels like a bait and switch and will make people put it down

#screenwriting #writing #logline #screenwriter
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A comment made me want to do a quick follow up on this: there is also overwriting that is meant to flex your prose, but used in not-the-best moments. Example: 1/🧵
"I sipped the tea from the rose-painted cup, the silver rim as smooth as silk if petrified and then infused to the fine porcelain. The fragrance of the tea tickled my nostrils - roses here, too, and perhaps lillies, over a firm base of black leaves."
Ok, it's pretty. But is this the moment for it? Bc if the other character in the room just said "I want a divorce" you probably should just skip this and put the tea down. UNLESS...
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Can't sleep so here's a #writetip #querytip
Something that often slows me down in reading is a tendency to overwrite movement, blow-by-blow. It may feel monotonous/flat in the writing itself.
Example + a potential fix (imagine a character wakes up after night out drinking):
Less dynamic:
My head pounded as I opened my eyes and dragged myself up. A sweating water bottle on the table glimmered in the sunlight coming through the window. My mouth tasted horrible, so I reached for the bottle,twisted off the cap,and brought it to my lips. I drank deeply.
It is accurate, but is it all necessary? Does it read impactful? Gripping?
Instead of a very even, linear description, you can try a blend of immediate response/emotion/voice and impactful linear movement through the scene, varying the rhythm&word choice as the emotion dictates.
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Looks like the last thread was good timing for thirsty #amquerying authors in the #WritingCommunity so how about another on more edits I see often in opening pages?
Basically, you need to build tension from your opening paragraph/lines, and there are so many excellent ways that I can’t name, but here are a few that typically don’t work:
Opening your scene with something shocking/frightful/eye-catching…before your reader has a clue what they’re looking at, what the stakes are, and even who the MC *is*
Boom—you just wasted your energy because any amorphous action isn’t delivering the tension you want
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I critiqued the 1st 5 pp for 15 authors & made a list of common edit suggestions. It's neither exhaustive nor universal, but I hope they help.

I'll likely turn this into 3-4 threads for length

& Common writing tips
#RevPit #WritingCommunity

Busy agents/editors need to be hooked by a great query before they'll even glance at pages.

IF they open pp, they need to be sucked right in. Hopefully by first few lines.

This is PRIME REAL ESTATE that you can't afford to waste!

100,000's of queries are sent each year. Maybe millions.

You must show why yours is one that deserves attention.

Most queries are rejected b/c there isn't time to spend on a concept that hasn't been fully articulated.

It must be FRESH & also relatable to known sales
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I think half the agony I see in the #WritingCommunity will be gone if more writers stop thinking that books should only be written to be read by others or sold. It is a form of art, and we have the right to create art for the sake of personal enjoyment. Ppl knit and draw …
to feel good, cook to eat the food themselves, exercise to feel good and it’s fine. But when it comes to writing, everyone is making it a job, like the book means nothing if it isn’t read or get published, like ppl who don’t get read should be ashamed of themselves. Like, wtf?
I believe most of us started out with passion. We wouldn’t be writing if we didn’t love it, and then ppl start telling you you have to succeed, to be trad published, to make NYT bestseller or your writing is worthless. It isn’t. It didn’t start out that way, or did it?
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Miami in summer. White bodies sunning on the beach to become brown bodies. Lots of brown bodies too: Cubans, Latinos, Mexicans, Haitians and Jamaicans. Proper melting pot, is Miami. Something or the other happening, always, non-stop. 1/21
What is happening right now is the National Chilli Eating Contest. The 5-member jazz band is going full steam, three of whom are blacks. The 5-member cheer leader group is also going full steam, all of them white girls, in miniskirts. 2/21
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#WritingCommunity #shortstory #readers #readingcommunity @ramkid @RoaldDahlFans
This #twory is my humble tribute to Roald Dhal
Driving out of Delhi, Madan noticed traffic was light on the highway. Though the #pandemic was receding, it’s impact was still discernable in many things. Like the almost empty roads. He was driving the new compact SUV 2/n
as their driver had returned to his hometown down south to wait out the pandemic. Madan would have been happier if his wife was not sitting beside him. He scowled at Anita’s side profile. 3/n
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I do what is RIGHT, over the easy.
I will do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, to defend #USConstitution and #BillofRights

I am aware many will be impacted. The 8 #MiamiDade police officers, the
Correction Officers at MiamiDade Corrections Department. Miami Management, Inc., KWPMC and Brickell on the River North and South Tower Association.

#4thAmendment #violation
I can't stay quiet!
I will #StandUP #SpeakUP and share my #PrimaryResearch
My rights weren't read.
Yes, and, I felt compelled to share I am a US Citizen Civil and Human Rights advocate.
I also asked to watch the State of the Nation address at 9pm since they had me at condominium driveway handcuffed inside different police vehicles from 7:20pm until
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