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Autistics Against ABA – Cerebration of Kat

Today (2nd May 2020), I was asked to write about ABA, providing evidence as to why it should not be promoted. While I’m willing to do this, particularly because I haven’t actually written a post specifically on ABA before (I mean, let’s be honest, I’d be adding to the hundreds already out there), this does not […]

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#KindnesCounts? This April, Make Your Donation Actually Count For Autistic People | Eve Reiland

So Autism Speaks is using a year of #KindnessCounts while co-opting Autistic Culture and another movement for their marketing rebrand (not change in A$ mission or treatment of Autistic people, but just their marketing … just the PR … mmmkay?). They’re pushing ABA hard (always have especially with getting legislation in place for insurance companies to cover […]

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Fierce Autie: What is ABA and My Experience

What is ABA? ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is a type of therapy that focuses on improving behaviors such as social skills, communication, reading academics, etc. ABA is effective on children and adults with psychological disorders and neurological differences. Some methods are opperant conditioning, classical conditioning and other dog training techniques. Its goals […]

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Disappointing. It's 2020, a new decade has begun, but Behavior Conversion Therapy still is. | Crimson Âû

  Crimson Âû 6 hrs ·  Disappointing.It’s 2020, a new decade has begun, but Behavior Conversion Therapy still is. These parents even admit doing it for behavioral purposes on their benefit when they provide this example telling their brainwashed kid to stop acting a certain way in a public place. The 20’s should be the decade […]

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5 Important Reasons Even “New ABA” is Problematic

Source: 5 Important Reasons Even “New ABA” is Problematic 5 Important Reasons Even “New ABA” is Problematic Now, if this is the first you’re hearing about ABA and why it may be harmful, I highly recommend you check out my previous post: What’s the big deal with ABA therapy? That post outlines the history of ABA […]

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Katie Wright Talks About Ineffectiveness of ABA in 2007

“The Lovaas (ABA) that was frequently quoted to me. … if you could just good early intervention, which everybody is for, and we got for him, …there’s a 50% chance he’ll be a typical child in 5 years. So that sounded like good odds. Little did I know that’s never been replicated. … and, you […]

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“The effectiveness of applied behavioral techniques for autism remains unproven. Year after year" | SLP Neurodiversity Collective

12/15/19 was the promised release date at the #ASHA19 Town Hall, but here we are, still awaiting the BCS-ASD Committee’s release of CCC-SLP list of “competencies.” These are the competencies the BCBA-heavy committee will require in order for CCC-SLPs to become an “Autism Certified Specialist.” #SLPs #speechlanguagepathologists #SLPeeps In the meantime, let’s remember that:“The Department of Defense reported to Congress […]