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Mini #AutismAwareness rant: One thing I really resent about the warrior mom / pro ABA narrative is how they've weaponized the term "evidence based". Their big thing about ABA is that it's "evidence based" - but the statement is extremely problematic without context.
"Evidence based" in the case, means "evidence that the behaviour has changed". Fair enough - they do change the kids. However, the change is a trauma reaction. If you break a kid down to where they bottle everything up, rather than self regulate? Not a good thing.
If you destroy a child's sense of autonomy, in order to elicit compliance - especially for things the child does NOT want? Leaving that kid with PTSD for life - a reality for most ABA survivors? Not good things.

None of this comes up when saying "evidence based", however.
So we end up on the other side of "evidence based", and have to feel like jerks for arguing against "science" - especially given their numbers, vs ours. Their voice has more weight.

As a woman of science and a gigantic nerd myself, I REALLY resent being put in that position.
This mini rant was inspired by my involuntary reaction to the use of "evidence-based" on a radio commercial. I bristled at the mention of it, and immediately had a negative feeling about the subject of the commercial, as a result.
It made me sad to realize that the ABA / warrior mom movement had perverted the meaning/usage of the term "evidence based" to that extent, for me.

#AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutismDoesntEndAtFord
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