I don’t mind. Thanks for your post. Your experience sounds traumatic, and I don’t discount what you went through. A few things, I, among many others, currently in the ABA field, don’t claim to “fix” children. The reason is we don’t see autism as a condition that needs eradicating; children or individuals with autism are not broken. The autistic mind is different, not less, as Temple Grandin eloquently stated in many of her speeches. The very first thing a good therapist does is analyze different environments and make changes there. Then, often, ABA therapists try to work with the parents and teachers, to see if modifying the behavior of these individuals will help the child. Some therapists decide to change a child’s practices first, and I’m not on board with that approach. I believe in consent — does a child or young adult want to change their behavior? If not, I’m hoping parents will drop the therapy if it stifles or upsets their child to that degree.

I am very passionate about teaching, dancing, and making a difference in the world. Enjoy my philosophical and entertaining musings!

I am very passionate about teaching, dancing, and making a difference in the world. Enjoy my philosophical and entertaining musings!