Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a joke!?
With our daughter, who was completely noncommunicative, self-abusive, etc, we started with a very strict ABA schedule full of rewards. It was an easy, repetitive way to get her engaged, alongside more natural floortime/greenspan methods. ABA gave her a robotic sound and affect at first, that’s true, but it’s not the end-all of therapy, any GOOD therapist would move on to apply the methods in natural environments and work on spontaneous interactions. She is now speaking independently, does homework without prompting, does housework freely, all at the age of ten, an age that many typical kids struggle with homework and helping around the house. She still stims, but is happy and a functional member of our community and family. She is respected as a person, for what she can provide. It’s quite unfair to discount it based on poorly countenanced programs.
For the severely autistic, well done ABA can provide a trailhead of therapy from which they can build tracks. Poorly done, it can be damaging, time consuming and abusive. So I guess I did disagree, proof is in the pudding for my family, and the families who receive ABA from the schools in our area.
Yeah, ABA is sort of what we use to train dogs and other animals. The ironic thing, in my opinion, is that many of the elements used in ABA are basically another form of how every single human being learns new things. ABA just brings this it out more so that we can see blatant efforts (such as providing rewards, repeated trials, etc.).
ABA just makes us aware of the same things we do in our own non-autistic lives, such as repeated trials (practicing a golf swing 50 times), getting rewarded (paycheck), and prompting (red light = stop). When doing these with children with autism, ABA just makes us exaggerate the rewards/consequences.
I’m not saying that I agree with 100% of the elements that comprise ABA, but when teaching a student with autism new skills, I’ll personally pull the important and relevant styles from ABA and best use them to help the individual.
Was ABA unsuccessful with your child? Sure, but not every method works with everyone. Has it been successful with other children? Yes.
Our successes run circles around other autism programs (RDI, Greenspan).
So, why do you believe ABA is a joke? Give us some links to “research-based” disagreements with ABA – not just rants (which you seem to be good at).
Every autist is different and different therapies work differently for each child. Personally, I believe a combination of therapies is the correct approach. It is a real trial and error until you find what combination works for your child.
I am a big advocate for Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime as it is engaging the child through THEIR interests not what you want the child to learn your way. ABA does have a place and use at times, but I believe only after reaching a consistent level of engagement and many other skills with the child.
I have seen the robots children become when ABA is the only therapy used. The children have little if no social skills or imaginative play. It’s heartbreaking and at times cruel.
So the parent feels better about how their child is viewed in public. Disgusting!
What you don’t see is behind the scenes, when the person who was subjected to this brainwashing is all alone, they are behaving very much like the “typical” autistic. They have just been conditioned to be ashamed of who they are. Now that the homosexuals are out of the closet, society wants to put the autistics in it because it makes them uncomfortable.
But don’t take my word for it. Research for yourself how ABA has impacted many autistics and their thoughts on it now that they’re young adults.
To me ABA is like training your dog. Do this you get a treat do it wrong your told no and you have to do it again until you get it right.
Someone else I know described it as making a child into a robot. This is how this is done and you will be programmed to do it this way each and everytime. Like a robot it becomes a function with out any emotion invovled.
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