Every time there’s a discussion about ABA, I hear the refrain of #NotAllABA. Today, for example, I read that “…the blanket ‘All ABA is abuse’ is counterproductive.” Counterproductive how? Counterproductive to whom? Counterproductive to what purpose?
The statement that all ABA is abuse is just a statement of fact. If it angers ABA enthusiasts, if it brings ABA defenders into the open, if it exposes those who believe that autistic children don’t deserve the same human rights as other children, then that statement will have served its purpose. It will have been productive.
If it makes even one parent stop and think. If it makes them realise that they have been sold a lie, that “the good kind of ABA” exists. If it makes them listen to autistic people who have written about “good” ABA . If it makes them realise that even reward-based behavioural therapies do not yield good results . It will have been productive.
There is a great irony in making blanket statements about blanket statements.
#YesAllABA is abuse.
[image of a red and blue and white and yellow tartan blanket.]