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ABA Quiz!

Test your knowledge of applied behaviour analysis to prove you should be allowed to talk about it on the internet, and maybe even be involved in decisions about it, with the consent of the person it's being done to.

First: what does 'ABA' stand for?
That's excellent, you're doing great so far!

Now, how many hours of autism training is a registered BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) required to undergo?
Did you guess more than zero hours? Bad luck! We're ramping up the difficulty now.

What proportion of BACB-registered ABA practitioners say that their primary professional focus is 'Autism Spectrum Disorders'?
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What #ABA professionals are telling us is, "We're not bad! Let us tell you how we help! We'll even listen to you a bit."

What we're saying is, "Forget what you know. Listen from scratch as though you know nothing."


A few of the enlightened ones have memorised how to placate us.

I'd actually want to give them a questionnaire, though, to see how much relevant knowledge they really have, considering they're supposed to be PROFESSIONALS.
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Hey Autistic Person with Large Following/Reputation in Canada Here
Ontario doesn't need an Autism Program and emphasis on it in politics is driven by lobbyists that push services that aren't evidence-driven/highly correlated to trauma
#ABAisAbuse #OnPoli
The Ontario Liberals, when faced with the issue of #ODSPoverty(disability supports being legislated poverty), decided they can't commit to raising #ODSP significantly

Instead they are using #50KisNotOK to feign action on Disability
The evidence-base for #ABA is so bad they call it needs-based instead and the reputation for ABA is so bad they won't even call it by name instead calling it needs-based therapy #ABAisAbuse…
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As abuse survivors, other autistic supporters, parents of ABA/PBS survivors and ex-ABA professionals in the UK, US and other countries, we've worked for several years with BCBAs and other ABA professionals who had begun to feel that they needed to do better for their clients. 🧵
Conversations on Twitter during the past two days have revealed how many ABA professionals remain blissfully unaware of the extent of the corruption in their own industry, and the abuse pipelines which many are inadvertently serving.
This thread will be built over time to provide information for professionals who have caught a glimpse of the extent of the abuse, and who are evaluating their own professional position in the light of these revelations.
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[THREAD] Principles, values, rules, (dis)obedience and (non)conformance
Children have a natural sense of justice.
The world is complex and messy.
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The founder of ABA said the following about Autistic kids:

“You see, you start pretty much from scratch when you work with an autistic child. You have a person in the physical sense – they have hair, a nose and a mouth – but they are not people in the psychological sense...."
"One way to look at the job of helping autistic kids is to see it as a matter of constructing a person. You have the raw materials, but you have to build the person.”
Lovaas strongly believed in intense behavioral modification interventions, that included harsh aversive techniques such as withholding touch and attention, isolation, and even giving electric shock "therapy"...
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Hey new journalist followers, do you know about the ABA “debate” regarding Autistic kids?

Do you want to blow the lid off a story of deception, manipulation, exploitation and the $4B driving it?

Because I have a story for you that will make you famous and make you enemies.
The short version is, there is a four billion dollar growth industry called Applied Behavioral Analysis.

This practice was based on work by Ivar Lovaas, who also invented gay conversion therapy.

The premise is that you can make an autistic child seem more normal through abuse.
I wish I was kidding.

This is the ONLY therapy covered by insurance in America for autistic people.

When I was diagnosed as an adult I asked my insurance company for help and they sent me a list of ABA providers.
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Resources to share when talking about the harm and effectiveness of ABA:

If you are talking to lawmakers in your state about ABA these are resources I recommend sharing:
The Tricare study - you better believe I share this data with our law makers in Texas when I speak to them:… Figure 1   12% - improved  81% - Patients Distribution Impro
Evidence of increased PTSD symptoms in autistics exposed to applied behavior analysis…
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There are many papers and literature showing ABA doesn’t work long term, and is ineffective. People profoundly affected by autism can and do benefit from MANY other therapies, which have been shut out and left unfunded because #ABA has KEPT them shut out.
I fight this shit every day. Every. Day. And the SECOND that SOMEONE in power dares to speak up, they are met with people threatening them and REFUSING!! to listen. It is beyond upsetting. ABA for autism treatment is a cult. And if you’re a parent whose against it, you better be
Ready to fight like hell for your children to have access to literally anything else. You’ll be shut out of groups like the OAC, like the #DurhamCrew, etc. Wanna know how I know? Because parents told me! I was blocked from the @OntAutism’S Facebook page for 1) recommending
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“Building a Person”: Legal and Clinical Personhood for Autistic and Trans Children in Ontario (by @JakePyne)

"Despite open violence, Lovaas framed ABA as compassionate... Despite uncertain evidence, he presented ABA as scientific..."…
"Psychologist George Rekers, a key figure in the world of conversion therapy (and co-founder of the notoriously anti-gay Family Research Council), used Lovaas’s techniques to treat so-called “deviant sex-role behaviors” in male children."
The man behind ex-gay “conversion therapy” started out trying to make autistic children “normal”:
"Both projects were based on the same fundamental view: that it’s easier to change a child’s behavior than it is to destigmatize that behavior in society"…
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I'm fiddling with the content taxonomies on my blog, so I thought I'd post some of the tag pages for the most common themes here.
My articles tagged #ABA
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It must be a real ego trip to be an ABA provider. You basically get to make up any narrative you want about a child and what they will or won't become in life without your services, with wide-eyed and terrified parents hanging onto your every word. #ABA (1/9)
Then you get to mold an innocent child to adore and trust you and also hang onto your every word, with nothing more than the promise of treats and iPad time. #ABA (2/9)
You get to control what and when they eat and how they eat it. You get to control how they sit, how they play, how they communicate, how they move their bodies. #ABA (3/9)
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In light of everything going on with #ColorTheSpectrum I would like to take a moment to talk about why #AdvancedBehaviorAnalysis is abuse.

When supporting the #AutisticCommunity this should be the second thing you check you aren’t funding. After just erasing us from existence.
I personally went through #ABA myself. So do not tell me I don’t understand. And No, it is not the “old” version. It was very recent and incredibly dehumanizing. I am #ActuallyAutistic and my experience is not the exception it is the common one.
#ABATherapy addresses what is considered “problematic” behavior. Now let’s focus on that wording. BEHAVIOR not cause of behavior, the behavior itself.

The way one behaves is communication. Taking that away is problematic. This should never be done. Instead you should ask WHY!!!
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Last week a group of ABA practitioners released a video acknowledging #ActuallyAutistic critiques saying #ABAisAbuse

When I replied saying that we don't accept their apology they stopped advertising it on twitter

I assume it's circulating #Autism facebook groups for PR
This is a marked charge in tactics; acknowledging our complaints and attempting to speak to them to control public perception

This is a sign they are threatened

The Autistic community has a pretty clear majority position: we need to abolish ABA and protect kids from abuse
If you are an ally that's felt comfortable joining the critique of Sia please consider taking up #ABA as a target

Autistic non-speakers are again at greatest risk here; a trend you will see repeated if you are a new ally
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Ce soir la soirée autisme sans les autistes aura lieu avec toujours les mêmes acteurs.
De l'inspiration porn, du valide saviour, une vision médicale en perspective @France2tv @JulianBugier
Nous ne sommes pas leçons de vie, nous ne sommes pas là pour donner du courage, on veut juste vivre.
"C'est la confrontation de deux handicaps : la communication pour Gabriel, et l'amour chez ce papa qui a du mal à assumer sa paternité et va devenir un homme en apprenant à devenir père"

alors non la paternité n'est pas un handicap, sinon les mères peuvent le revendiquer.
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Halfway through listening to this panel on ABA.

The #ABA researcher is pathological in his view of fellow human beings and clearly does not listen to what autistic people say, even when on the same panel. He is so rigid in his belief system.…

ABAer Ron Leaf on this panel worked with Lovaas🤬

We listened to most of it and @WennLawson is only one who CONSISTENTLY makes sense.

So do listen to see awful mindsets of ABA devotee researchers (who are deaf to autistic perspectives) and other ableist views of QoL.
Eugh early on TA/RB congratulate ABA in 1980s for helping autistics.

(They never mentioned the suicide.)

Later they say ABA has progressed today, acknowledging "rigid" ABAers result in PTSD.

Then they say ABAers today can be rigid.

Hardly moved on then.

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Did you know ABA has no minimum requirements in the UK

The BCBA can be 4 removed from the person off the street with no experience psychologically manipulating kids as young as 1 for up to 40 hrs. And no one is required to have any autism understanding
Thread proves BCBAs do not need to study #autism or child dev at all

The ABA field in 5 decades have never cared to look into how ABA can harm #autistics

To platform #ABA is irresponsible.

@theBarrister @BarristerMagaz1 @barstandards @prof_standards
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So an influencial, controlling UK PBSer is scavenging on @RightfulLives FB page:…

Beebee @pbs4_ is renown for his disrespect towards disability advocates who speak out against behaviourist approaches. He is Bad cop to PBSer good cop @lukewatt

Beebee blogged his own version of Spoon theory to dismiss concerns about ABA based methods. @BILD_tweets put the blog on their website

Disabled people informed him using spoons was bad taste, he didn't care and it's still there.../2

Now we also see Beebee following all anti-neurodiversity ABAers by misrepresenting disabled people and allies re: #ABA #PBS and attempting to silence disability advocates who communicate using words 😡…

@theRCN @prof_standards @RightfulLives @CQCProf
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#ABA livestream: US, Canadian, EU officials, after sharing lockdown tips over dogs, breakfasts and clothing, are now getting to how they have pulled out the stops to respond to Covid-19 crisis. For procedures that often take ages, they're all moving fast
@vestager explains curbs on recapitalisation plans, how it’s almost business as usual in mergers, and the need to allow companies to cooperate to help serve medical supplies Image
@makandelrahim talks about need for cooperation among merger regulators to avoid "51 whacks of the pinata" in reviewing the transaction.
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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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I would like to be known as the
‘Mother of the House of Autism’.


“No more #QuietHands this evening. Put away that #ABA. Muffle that noise. Find your stim so the lights can dim. Sensory differences on full display!”
And yes (because, come on, you know my life is filled with stories like this), ball culture is something I have a history with. When I first came out as a young gay man and really struggling, I was taken under the wing of a house of ball (vogue) dancers. They saved my life.
Even 20 years later (wow, I just wrote that), I still collaborate on artistic endeavors with ball houses. The photos attached are of Marquis Clanton and his ball members from Baltimore (at an event we did). He’s one of my favorite artists to work with. An image of three black men...An image of a black man in ...An image of a black man in ...An image of a black man in ...
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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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