2020 was not a good year for ABA: A research review
by Anne Borden King Autistics for Autistics, Canada
This paper looks at recent research reviews of ABA, outlining 4 themes.
- Research and retrospective reviews of ABA research show no evidence of benefit for ABA.
- Conflicts of interest are pervasive in ABA research, with more than 70% of research being done by persons with a financial stake in positive outcomes.
- ABA research design is flawed, with small sample sizes, absence of RCTs, detection bias and typically no assessment of risks or adverse events.
- There are many negative impacts to ABA, which are only recently being researched.