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More in the comments, but ABA cowboys just don’t stop

There is harmful misinfo about #coronavirus in this@ABALearningLab blog & ABA busine$$ continue$, despite close contacts for transmi$$ion, visiting between homes, clinics, towns

This blog also breaches #BCBA Code of Ethics
False statements that ‘ABAers are better trained than most and that they are healthcare specialists so know about evidence based practice to deal with #coronavirus

Breach of @BACB_Inc #BCBA ethics code.

#ABA #behavioranalysis #TodayInABA @AutismEye @Tizard_ABAPBS @ABAIEvents
Harmful misstatements:

“What we’ve learned so far is that the virus.... seems to have a preference for older individuals and those with compromised immune systems.”

“To date, children are far less likely to be infected.”

@BACB_Inc @BACB_Worldwide @Tizard_ABAPBS @ABAIEvents
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THREAD. So I went to my local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) group meeting tonight. TWO things annoyed me. (1) We had to pledge allegiance to the medical model, implying participants must denounce any version of a social model or combined social-medical model. /1
(2) Reinforcing (1), the moderators jumped all over me when I mentioned a medication name. Apparently, there is an “unwritten rule” that people are not allowed to talk about any medications that they’re on by name. Only circumlocutions are allowed. /2
What was the reason given for (2)? Supposedly, “they” don’t want people to take questions back to their doctors about their medications or treatments, or heaven forbid to not take a medication. /3
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The MYTH of #HighFunctioningAutism

(sorry, long thread; also about #ABA, but PLEASE try to read it!)

For skeptics who believe an #Autistic with a job or a profession or a child or a relationship leads a life similar to a #Neurotypical (#Allistic), please read this./1
Also, to #AutismParents wanting an #Autistic child to grow up looking & acting “normal” & considering #ABA, please read on.

This is a 2-hour snapshot from my fairly functional day as an #ActuallyAutistic, outwardly very “successful” #Neurotypical-appearing health professional./2
The following represents a particularly SERENE 2-hour slice of my day, a lot less harrowing than the rest of it.

In other words, this is #AutisticMasking at its LEAST taxing./3
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It's 2019. 90 years since the #Aba Women's Riot. #Aba women are rioting again. Our mothers are on the street. Again.
This time around, it's not taxes. It's roads. Bad roads. Terrible roads. With ditches. Potholes. Puddles. Gulleys. Murky contraptions that our mothers have to dip their feet into. Every. Single. Day.
I just got off the phone with my mum. She doesn't look forward to work. Nwala street off Faulks Road, Aba is the devil's laboratory. My mum fears dipping her feet in dirty water. Mum has to go all the way round the adjoining street which is half as despicable
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Pro Tip: Vague suggestions or statements are not hard for all autistics to interpret, but they are for most. Couple that with an emoji with a vague expression, and it's even more difficult. It's not that we can't understand that there is nuance. We do. We very much do. (cont)
What we don't know is what the right interpretation of the comment is. Are we being complimented, flirted with, insulted, given a hint, fed passive aggression, asked a question? Is it sarcastic? Ironic? Will we be accused of getting it wrong? What's the tone? (cont)
Is it a playful joke in good faith, or is it meant to hurt? There are all these questions, and more, & then an infinite amount of degrees and complex interplays. It would feel arrogant to "guess," so we get stuck in a loop.
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1/ Even if you're 100% certain your child's #ABA therapist/school is great and treats your child well, please consider if your kid is *actually learning skills*. We have a new student at my school who came from an ABA school. He will not sit for circle time or to do work because
2/ he has been trained to sit in return for food. We expect that kids will at least try to sit down for some of the lesson. They're rewarded in the sense that they can have choosing time or a favourite activity after doing work, which is what actual life is like.
3/ I know that when I finish work, I can go home and play The Sims, or watch TV, and cuddle my cat. They know when they finish work they can play a game or go for a run around the playground or lie down on the floor if that's what they want to do.
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I want people to understand the predatory and cultic aspects of #ABA therapy. I'm not joking, #ABAisaCult. I'm writing a book about this and I want to share a basic information thread here. I'll start writing when I go inside after smoking.
1/ Several months ago, I first learned about something called the BITE Model, a model of extreme social control. It is an acronym for Behavioral, Information, Thought, and Emotional Control. ABA, as a therapy and a culture, does all of these things.
2/ information about the BITE model: freedomofmind.com/bite-model/
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1/ UPDATED ACTION ITEM TO STOP KAVANAUGH; The ABA has issued a formal notice requesting that the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings be delayed pending a formal FBI investigation. In the meantime, the ABA continues to rate Kavanaugh as "well qualified." As no federal judge has ever
2/ been confirmed without a "well qualified" rating by the ABA, if the ABA were to rescind this rating (as it did once before in 2006) it could further derail Kavanaugh's confirmation. For all of you who hire lawyers or know lawyers please ask them to contact the ABA to urge the
3/ ABA to immediately withdraw Kavanaugh's rating of "well qualified" and institute a process to reconsider whether this rating is still appropriate after the surfacing of extremely negative information about Kavanaugh during his hearing with Dr. Ford. Of course this request
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