Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report | February 1, 2022

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Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report


What this “state of the nation” report seeks to address The 2013 International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support (IJPBS) special issue acknowledged the evolving nature of positive behavioural support (PBS). This “state of the nation” report seeks to provide clarity around the questions that have arisen in respect of “who PBS is for”.

It proposes an updated, refined definition of PBS and a guide to future PBS delivery for the UK that captures the developments and issues arising as described below. An overview of current and significant research provides a clear narrative about the evidence base “for” PBS, including what the research tells us about how “not to do” PBS. The themes that are explored in this state of the nation report are also pulled together in a proposed logic model for PBS in a UK context to guide future research and practice.

As in 2013, the aim is to provide clarity around key issues in relation to PBS, especially those that have arisen in the past eight years, to reflect on PBS in the 2020s in the UK, and to prompt debate about the direction of future service design and delivery models, research and further thinking on PBS.

Authors: Gore, Nick J; Sapiets, Suzi J.; Denne, Louise D.; Hastings, Richard P.; Toogood, Sandy; MacDonald, Anne; Baker, Peter; Allen, David; Apanasionok, Magdalena M; Austin, Debbie; Bowring, Darren L; Bradshaw, Jill; Corbett, Anne; Cooper, Vivien; Deveau, Roy; Hughes, J Carl; Jones, Edwin; Lynch, Matt; McGill, Peter; Mullhall, Michael; Murphy, Mark; Noone, Steve; Shankar, Rohit; Williams, David

Source: International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, Volume 12, Supplement 1, February 2022, pp. i-46(46)

Source: International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, Volume 12, Supplement 1, February 2022, pp. i-46(46)

Read report here: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/bild/ijpbs/2022/00000012/a00101s1/art00001

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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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