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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Autism Causation Mad Libs

After reading Bev's Aspie blog post generator, I was inspired to create the following Mad Libs story for your enjoyment. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Mad Libs, which (for those who haven't seen them) are stories that contain blank spaces. One person reads the story to another; the listener, who hasn't seen the story, provides words at random to fill in the blanks when asked for verbs, nouns, etc. The results are often quite funny.

If you're in the mood for some merriment, feel free to print out this post and share it with a friend!



AUTISM CAUSATION


Autism is a ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun) that involves ___________ (adjective) behavior. It may be caused by ___________ (noun), or perhaps by a combination of ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun), ___________ (plural noun), and ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun).


Because people in positions of authority have described autism as ___________ (adjective), some parents have become convinced that they need to ___________ (verb) their autistic children ___________ (adverb) by means of ___________ (noun). They may take their children to visit ___________ (plural noun) for therapies such as ___________ (adjective) ___________ (noun) or buy dietary supplements consisting of ___________ (plural noun) and perhaps also some ___________ (adjective) ___________ (plural noun).


This has been claimed to result in autistic children becoming ___________ (plural noun) who are indistinguishable from ___________ (adjective) ___________ (plural noun).


Grab a pencil and have fun! And remember, no matter how silly the answers end up being, they're probably going to make more sense than most of the autism causation and treatment claims out there.

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12 Comments:

  • Damn it, this is more_________(adj)and _______ (adj)than mine! If I didn't know you better, which of course I don't, I'd say you were a ________(adj)________(noun) from _________(place), which of course you are.

    I can't wait to play this game, actually. I'll post some results later, if I come up with the real reasons behind the "puzzle" of diversity.

    By Blogger Bev, at 3:43 PM  

  • Keep the parent hatred coming, always good for a chuckle. I can really see how you are helping autistic children by mocking their parents' concern for them. Yup. You are a real care bear arncha?

    By Blogger Autism Reality NB, at 4:05 PM  

  • I thought the point of this was to mock the sort of people in authoritative positions who make dumb statements about autism in the first place. If people would stop claiming stuff that doesn't cure/cause autism cure/causes it, it would be a lot more respectful towards autistic people and concerned parents alike.

    By Anonymous Christine Swain, at 4:09 PM  

  • By-the-by, on ScienceBlogs Island of Doubt, quack doctor Cannell is defending his newfound quack theory that vitamin D deficiencies might cause autism.
    He base his speculation on the idea that peoples, including pregnant mothers, go less outside since the 1980's ozone-UV scare.

    Autism suspect #85: Vitamin D deficiency
    http://scienceblogs.com/islandofdoubt/2007/07/autism_suspect_85_vitamin_d_de.php

    By Blogger _Arthur, at 4:17 PM  

  • Well, I seem to have missed the gist once again. I'm always surprised by how people feel "mocked" by these forays into humor. To me, the purpose of it all is (1)to relieve the tension of being held in contempt by the majority and (2) to offer an alternate (rational)viewpoint in a more lighthearted format. I really don't see the "hatred" here. But then, I'm autistic...

    By Blogger Bev, at 5:23 PM  

  • Bev: Thanks much!

    NB and Christine: I've edited the post slightly to make the point clearer.

    Arthur: I wonder if the hole in the ozone layer has anything to do with the recent proliferation of quacks?

    By Blogger abfh, at 5:31 PM  

  • I don't see any hatred to parents here. ABFH has repeatedly encouraged autism parents to trust their gut feelings and common sense more and frauds and "experts" less. I see in this post the same message (besides mocking frauds and "experts").

    By Blogger Maya M, at 6:39 PM  

  • Lots more mad libs available at wordlibs.com.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 PM  

  • Hatred?? yikes! I missed that... Must've been because I had to get up and find a pen. I had fun with Bev's yesterday... even if I'm not dxed ASD.
    (call it BAP-Libs for me. ) anyway, I just saw it as fun diversion.
    wanna see? I'll blog it...

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 9:55 AM  

  • I don't see any hatred towards parents here. I enjoyed doing it and found it interesting what my answers where when I wasn't thinking too much about it.

    By Blogger mumkeepingsane, at 11:57 AM  

  • There is no hatred of parents here. It's Harold Doherty projecting his hatred onto us.

    Nothing to worry about. His life is all about that.

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 11:07 AM  

  • AUTISM CAUSATION


    Autism is a __light_________ (adjective) __license plate_________ (noun) that involves ___feisty________ (adjective) behavior. It may be caused by __ice cream cones_________ (noun), or perhaps by a combination of ___durable________ (adjective) __kitties_________ (noun), ___hearts________ (plural noun), and ____green_______ (adjective) __concrete_________ (noun).


    Because people in positions of authority have described autism as __suspicious_________ (adjective), some parents have become convinced that they need to ___jump________ (verb) their autistic children _frantically__________ (adverb) by means of __boulders_________ (noun). They may take their children to visit __swimsuits_________ (plural noun) for therapies such as __slippery_________ (adjective) ___concrete________ (noun) or buy dietary supplements consisting of ___ears________ (plural noun) and perhaps also some ___naughty________ (adjective) ___teeth________ (plural noun).


    This has been claimed to result in autistic children becoming ___eyeballs________ (plural noun) who are indistinguishable from ___slimy________ (adjective) __mormons_____ (plural noun).

    Ramana and Justin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:36 AM  

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