Autistic People and ABA Survivors on ABA
*TW: While ABA therapy is inherently
ableist and abusive, we have tried to provide specific trigger warnings for each of the below posts as needed. Please let us know if we missed anything.
TW: rape/sexual abuse, forced intimacy, R-word, survival sex, denial of accomodations/discrimination, "tough love"
Indistinguishable From Peers Means: You Don't Have Autism Related Problems Neurodivergent K http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/
TW: brief mention of suicidal ideation
If You Don't Use Your Words You Won't Be Indistinguishable Neurodivergent K http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/
TW: "Use Your Words"
The Dangers of ABA: A Survivor's Story, Pt. 1 Kristy Young http://autistic-christian-misfit.blogspot.com/
TW: institutionalization, dissociation, bullying, religious bigotry,
ABA's Harmful Message to Children: You Can't Say "No" Kristy Young http://autistic-christian-misfit.blogspot.com/
TW: sexual abuse, ABA apologism, gaslighting
The Realities of ABA Quin https://autisticparenting.wordpress.com/
TW: restraint, forced eye contact, forced intimacy, confiscating possessions for use as "reinforcers," aversives, shouting as punishment, seclusion
What an ABA Session Looks Like Quin https:///autisticparenting.wordpress.com
TW: infantilization, dehumanization, confiscation of belongings for "reinforcers," non-consensual touch, restraint, physical abuse, "quiet hands"
Controversy Over Shocking People With Autism, Behavioral Disorders CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/
TW: Judge Rotenberg Center, shock, torture, physical and psychological abuse, abuse apologists (including parents) praising torture
TW: mentions aversives, electric shock, JRC
TW: mentions aversives and physical abuse
Why ABA Is Rejected By The Autistic, According to One Autistic Person Embracing The Spectrum http://embracingthespectrum.com/
TW: physical abuse/violence, internalized ableism,
CN: this is an interview; the part about ABA is at the end (follow-up question #3)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/
TW: mention of restraint and seclusion, prevention of stimming, vulnerability to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
TW & CN: This is a review of The Me Book which is the foundational document upon which all ABA "therapy" is based, written by the man who pioneered the use of ABA as an "autism treatment." The book itself reads as a How To Manual for child abuse. Lovaas is notorious for his ableist perspectives & comments about disabled children as well as his experiments on autistic children (and on so-called "feminine boys") which included physical abuse, electric shock, starvation, verbal and psychological abuse. This review includes excerpts from and references to this horrific book and therefore we advise extreme caution in reading this review, and especially the book itself.