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#TodayInABA someone will claim that giving autistic children ABA is the same as giving chemotherapy to a child who has cancer. Identity anonymised, as it's said quite often, and I imagine people say it because they've seen others say that...so think it makes sense. Thread./
I'm well placed to discuss this, given that I'm autistic, work with autistic people from every part of the scale of support needs, & a cancer survivor.
No, ABA is not like giving chemo to a child who has cancer.
Autism is not a disease. It is a neurotype. Even if we ignore that/
...the reality - as seen today - is that ABA practitioners don't even have to have seen an autistic child before, let alone done anything to them. Whilst qualifications exist, the base level is 40 hours.
I don't have any clue how much training you think a chemo nurse gets but/
..I can tell you that the decision to give a child chemotherapy is taken by a Consultant with some 7-40 years of experience as a Doctor, specialising in that field. It is given by nurses who are highly qualified, highly experienced/
childautism.org.uk/for-aba-tutors… Here you have a page saying that you don't even need a basic school certificate for the job of applying ABA therapy to a child.
We are not a disease. We are people.
Thank you.
And the notion that it's OK to hurt children, because someone has scaremongered the parents into thinking it's the same as cancer and has to be poisoned out of the child (which is what chemo is)....well, I can't think of the right words to define the lack of ethics and integrity.
I'll also add that when you are given chemo, it is in a setting where you are monitored, with medical staff on hand to ensure that they can revive you if you go into lethal shock from it. You are monitored by medics for years afterwards. There is top actual science for decades/
...& even with all of that, for some people the damage done by chemo is lifelong, or fatal. The decision to take it at all is one taken with the patient's informed consent, and in the sure and certain knowledge that -without it - they will die.
This Is Not What You Do For Autism
In working with autistic people of all support levels and ages, I've never once had to do anything painful, abusive, exhausting or otherwise nasty with them.
It is a total nonsense.
...adding that - for a child...the decision is taken with parents and with fully qualified, highly experienced actual Medical Practitioners, based on medical science held up to proper three stage RCT standards, for year after year.
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