Archived | Rethink Autism: Help a Child With Autism Show His Appreciation This Mother’s Day | Circa May 2, 2011 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

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Help a Child With Autism Show His Appreciation This Mother’s Day

NEW YORK, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mother’s Day is May 8th, and for children with autism, expressing their affection for Mom can be a challenge. As part of their commitment to the autism community, educational technology company Rethink Autism has developed a printable Mother’s Day card activity with instructional video to help families with a child on the autism spectrum do something special for Mom.

“As parents, we put tremendous energy into helping our children learn and grow every day,” says Dr. Robyn Catagnus, BCBA-D, Rethink Autism’s Vice President of Professional Services. “And Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all of the love and joy a child brings into our lives. Taking time for fun activities is a great way to enjoy being with your child, and get in an extra hug and a laugh on this special holiday, and the best part is that play time can still be an opportunity to learn!”

Many parents are already spending time and energy teaching their children, but they may not be teaching in a way their child understands. Simple adjustments using proven strategies can help parents teach in a way that makes a huge difference for children with autism.

Rethink Autism’s Mother’s Day video offers a look at this kind of evidence-based teaching with clear, step-by-step instructions to show parents how to teach color-by-number activities with an accompanying printable greeting card. The video also models how to do an art project, and how to make a simple breakfast for Mom.

Using clips from Rethink Autism’s comprehensive library of step-by-step lesson videos, the video demonstrates teaching strategies based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is considered by experts to be the gold standard in autism intervention. Studies show that children who receive early, intensive treatment based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can make substantial gains in language, IQ, academic performance and social behavior.

Parents who want to get started teaching today can sign up for a free trial on the Rethink Autism website. The trial includes a brief skills assessment for the child, an individualized set of lessons for parents to begin teaching, a series of training videos that demonstrate effective teaching strategies, and data tracking tools to document the student’s progress.

To see Rethink Autism’s Mother’s Day video, visit the Company’s website at

To see full-length lesson videos and printable lesson plans, visit the Company’s sample lesson page:

About Rethink Autism (

Rethink Autism, Inc. seeks to ensure that every child on the autism spectrum has access to effective and affordable evidence-based treatment options by providing professionals, parents, and family members with the tools and information necessary to teach children with autism in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Rethink Autism was founded in 2007 and has its headquarters at 19 West 21st Street in New York City.


Jamie Pagliaro 
Executive Vice President, Rethink Autism
ph: 646-257-2919


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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