One of the many things Autistics are trying so hard to change the narrative on is ABA “therapy”. Right now in many countries ABA “therapy” (or similar techniques but by a different name) in the number one “treatment” for autism. Insert long ass eye roll here. My first questions is what the fuck needs to be treated? Autism is not an illness and while it is a neurodevelopment disorder (and a disabling one for many) its not a disease or illness that needs treatment, but I am digressing a little bit here. In a semi local support group I brought up how harmful ABA is (I will do a master post later on this and include many many links I have gathered about it). An Autism parent in true autism parent fashion decided to jump in.
So much fucking ableism to unpack with this conversation. Instead I am just going to sum up the whole thing in a few words. Autism parents insist that nothing is wrong with ABA even though the evidence to the contrary is put in front of them. Many don’t bother reading through the blogs, mass resources ect proving to them that any short term gain with ABA will have LONG TERM harmful side effects. That not why I do this though. I engage with these kinds of parents because I know there are others sitting in the wings “listening” to the conversation. They are the audience I hope to reach and direct to autistic approved and/ or run resources.
Blogs to follow: Mass Resource on ABA and its Harm followed by a Mass resource on Ivar Lovaas both resource lists courtesy of fellow Autistics who’ve put effort into writing the blogs and creating mass lists of their own.