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I am raising my head above the parapet and posting about something which causes me great concern on many fronts, as a:
🧠#neurodivergent individual
πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“#Neurodiversity-advocating Professional
πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦Mother of 2 neurodivergent #children living in Leicestershire
It seems that, for a number of years, the LA has been at the forefront of an initiative to find: "Cost-effective models for delivering behaviour analysis teaching in UK schools and local authorities"
Integrating ABA into #maintained & #academy, #mainstream & #SpecialSchool for "affordable" "positive outcomes". It concludes, "School-based models, such as Leicestershire's, provide a sustainable model which can be used with a large number of children for...little extra cost."
And the Leicestershire #AutismOutreach & Learning Support Teams Working Practice Document (2020/21) confirms this: "In April 2015, Leicestershire became one of the first local authorities to look to formalize...implementation of ABA... into...schools" -
It seems this may even be supported by the #AutismEducationTrust too:
I fear this is a move to ingrain an integrated model of ABA across #education in the UK with Leicestershire at it's epicentre.
#Parents are not given objective information or an #Autistic viewpoint on ABA and it is rooted in the Lovaas Model of trying to "train" Autistic children to behave in #neurotypical ways.
It doesn't afford children #autonomy and seeks instead to "treat" their neurodivergent traits and make them appear and function more neurotypically.
Surely parents & children should be educated about this? Surely they should be consulted & enabled to make an #InformedDecision?
I know the swirl of controversy that surrounds the discussion of ABA but I know I wouldn't want it for me and I know I won't be having it for my children.
I don't know where to start but I am hoping one of my connections/their connections will have an idea... 🀞

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