Mariah - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 40 moms have responded )
I know this may cause controversy but I am very deeply opposed to ABA and cringe every time I hear about it. I know there may be many people who like it and feel that it has helped their child, but I am troubled that it is even still in use. I despise the idea of training a child like an animal, to discourage certain symptoms and behaviors associated with ASD, without any real attempt to understand them. I am also very bothered by the use of food items as "motivators." Why would we want to create a food centered reward system? Again, these are people, not puppies. The very philosophy behind ABA is that Autism is not ok, and that Autistic behaviors are to be eradicated. For someone with Autism to be told the very behaviors they use to comfort, soothe, calm and center themselves are intolerable and therefore bad, is a tragic message. Wouldn't it be wonderful to tell our children that it's ok to be Autistic? Although there have been cases where people come out of Autism completely, most people will never be symptom free. Do we want their entire life to become a message of you are who you are and it's not ok? So sad. I have worked with autistic children, and if I found out my child was autistic I would never use ABA! I would treat them like an individual capable of anything, not just able to tie a shoe or use a spoon when forced to sit in a chair and earn a cookie! I welcome all opinions, except hate mail lol.