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“I’m Not Sure I Even Know”: Therapists’ Tentative Constructions of Autism

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Title:“I’m Not Sure I Even Know”: Therapists’ Tentative Constructions of Autism
Authors:Lester, Jessica Nina
Paulus, Trena M.
Keywords:discursive psychology
discourse analysis
constructions of autism
Date Issued:2015
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Lester, J. N. & Paulus, T. M. (2015). “I’m Not Sure I Even Know”: Therapists’ Tentative Constructions of Autism. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 11(3).
Series:vol. 11, no. 3
Abstract:Autism has historically been constructed within and through biomedical discourses and practices. Therapeutic interventions have focused on “treating” and “curing” the individual diagnosed with autism, with therapists positioned as the “experts.” In this paper, we report findings from a discourse analysis informed by discursive psychology of eight interviews with therapists of children with autism labels. While the therapists were frequently positioned as “experts” with presumed “stocks of knowledge,” they were reluctant to definitively name autism as something with clearly defined characteristics, thereby making evident the shifting nature of knowledge surrounding what autism “really is.” We discuss implications for practitioners and others, as well as point to the importance of engaging in social constructionist studies of the discourses surrounding autism.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58640
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 11, No. 3


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