Reblogging this view from the inside of the field by a former ABA practitioner.
A must-read article, including numerous links to testimonies by adult autistics, and the real deal on why ABA is detrimental to people who simply function differently: beyond “efficiency” for superficial behavior modification, ABA is hurtful.
To me the baseline is this: if you wouldn’t do it to a non-autistic kid or adult… then don’t do it! Thanks for this article.
Trigger Warning: ABA, ableism, institutionalized child abuse
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When I first became an ABA Therapist, I was thrilled. I was actually going to use my psych degree, get paid more than minimum wage, and above all, make a positive difference in Autistic children’s lives. Or at least, that’s what I thought.
Now I look back, and the year I spent working in ABA is my single greatest regret.
When I left, it wasn’t a decision I made overnight. It was a long, difficult process, full of denial and confusion. I don’t enjoy talking about it because I did so many wrong things that…
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