Disturbing Behaviours: Ole Ivar Lovaas and the Queer History of Autism Science

  title={Disturbing Behaviours: Ole Ivar Lovaas and the Queer History of Autism Science},
  author={Margaret F. Gibson and Patty Douglas},
  journal={Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience},
This paper “queers” the history of autism science through an examination of the overlap between the regulation of autism with that of gender and sexuality in the work of Ole Ivar Lovaas. Lovaas is the founder of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), the most commonly used and funded autism intervention today that seeks to extinguish autistic behaviors, primarily among children. Less commonly recognized is Lovaas’ involvement in the Feminine Boy Project, where he developed interventions into the… 

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