Archived | ABA therapy, effective and affordable with Rethink Autism | Circa March 2011 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA


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[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]


ABA therapy, effective and affordable with Rethink Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely recognized as the single most effective therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder, providing substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism. ABA-based treatment strategies maximize the learning potential of persons with ASD, and are flexible, individualized and dynamic. The problem is that many ABA programs, particularly when paid for privately, can cost a family tens of thousands of dollars a year. What is a family to do that either can’t afford the cost of private ABA, or perhaps lives far from a trained ABA therapist? 

Rethink Autism has created a tool to answer these challenges: a state-of-the-art, web-based curriculum to help you assess your child’s strengths and challenges, creating a recommended customized multimedia curriculum for you to follow. They also provide strategies to help you adapt each lesson to your child’s individual abilities, and tools to modify and individualize your child’s personal program goals. As you move through the curriculum, the data collection program tracks your child’s progress and adjust program goals and lesson plans in light of his performance.

Each carefully designed lesson breaks down complex skills into simple, easy-to-follow teaching steps. Each lesson is accompanied by a dynamic video demonstrating just how to teach each step, and every video is accompanied by an easy-to-follow written description of the teaching procedure. As parents and their children work through each lesson, performance data is constantly collected – and as new skills are mastered, new lessons are added. Rethink Autism also has programs that are designed and priced for institutions that might need to train their staff on ABA, and track students’ progress. 

Rethink Autism’s short, easy-to-follow training program helps parents, grandparents, and even the babysitter learn to teach effectively, motivate, maintain learned skills and handle problem behavior. Furthermore, their dedicated clinicians are available to guide you through your customized curriculum every step of the way.

For the mere price of a typical cell phone bill, and wherever in the world you may be, Rethink Autism is helping put the power of ABA therapy into the hands of parents and loved ones. Sign up for a free one week trial, to see the program in action and take a step forward to empowering yourself and bringing this scientifically-proven therapy to your child.



Note/Warning:

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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