In preparing for a psychology assignment on behaviorists, Niko read the following article and had some thoughts about his own experience with ABA.
I AGREE WITH THERE BEING A MIDDLE GROUND FOR ABA. IN MY EXPERIENCE, IT HELPED ME MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD AROUND ME. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS FUN. I HATED WHEN I WAS TOLD TO QUIET MY HANDS.
SOMETIMES, HOWEVER, MY INSTINCT WAS TO HAVE A MAD FACE OR PROTEST HAVING TO DO SOMETHING. MOSTLY I JUST WANTED TO PLAY. THIS MEANT CUTTING PAPER AND SPRINKLING IT ON THE FLOOR.
LATER ON I GOT BORED WITH ABA, AND WAS SO RELIEVED WHEN YOU SWITCHED TO REALLY OPENING YOURSELVES UP TO PLAYING ON MY TERMS. IT WAS A TURNING POINT FOR ME. KNOWING HOW I INTERACTED WITH OTHERS, IT MADE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU STARTED ACCEPTING ME AS AN AUTISTIC PERSON. WHEN THIS HAPPENED, IT WAS LIKE YOU THOUGHT OF ME AS SOMEONE WITH SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE. I THINK ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAD ABA KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE.