Comments on ABA Therapy

In preparing for a psychology assignment on behaviorists, Niko read the following article and had some thoughts about his own experience with ABA.

https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/controversy-autisms-common-therapy/

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.

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One thought on “Comments on ABA Therapy

  1. Nice blog. One major advantage of ABA treatment is that it is a measurable tool. The data collected can be utilized to track a child’s progress and to adapt the program to their individual needs. This feature has led to profound results, especially in children with autism and moderate to severe behavioral difficulties and attention deficit.

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