Anonymous Submissions Post #1

Anonymous Submissions #1-10 We’ve had an anonymous submission box for a few months now, and have slowly accrued some great submissions of important questions, and we’re happy to answer them all! First, we post them in our associated facebook group. Then, after getting input from our members, we’re sharing them on our facebook page andContinue reading “Anonymous Submissions Post #1”

A Note About Puzzle Pieces

The majority of Autistic People do not agree with the use of the puzzle piece symbol as a symbol for autism. There are a number of reasons for this. The first and foremost thing you need to know about the puzzle piece is that it symbolizes the hatred, oppression, abuse, and murder of autistic peopleContinue reading “A Note About Puzzle Pieces”

Why ABA Therapy is Bad: A Brief Summary

If you’ve been linked here, it’s because you have said something that has prompted us to give you some more education on ABA. Let’s start with the obvious: The GREAT BIG ABA OPPOSITION RESOURCE LIST To summarize the evils of ABA shortly and succinctly: ABA is child abuse. ABA uses aversives such as verbal disapproval,Continue reading “Why ABA Therapy is Bad: A Brief Summary”

Anonymous Submission: how do I help my child organize daily chores?

Anonymous Submission: Q: “I’m wondering how to help my daughter with organising daily chores. I don’t like the idea of a rigid list eg. Monday put washing in the machine etc. My daughter has been asking for some time now for a list as a result of me being frustrated that I don’t get enoughContinue reading “Anonymous Submission: how do I help my child organize daily chores?”

Rejecting Asperger’s and other Functioning Labels

Functioning labels: A lot of folks are reading the entry questions for our associated group and seem to misunderstand the last question: “Do you understand why functioning labels (including Asperger’s) can be harmful? If no, are you willing to learn?” This does not mean: Labels are harmful Diagnosis is a label Diagnosis is harmful IdentifiersContinue reading “Rejecting Asperger’s and other Functioning Labels”

what do autistic people think of ABA therapy?

Short answer: They almost universally hate it. These stories were all obtained anonymously via google forms survey. Some of these are quoted from parents or loved ones and others are quoted from autistics. “The focus on eye contact and eliminating comforting stims is frustrating and gross. I bite my nails when I’m interested in something,Continue reading “what do autistic people think of ABA therapy?”

Self Diagnosis FAQ

From our Facebook Page & Group. SELF DIAGNOSIS (FAQ) Q: What is self diagnosis?  A: Self diagnosis is when a person determines that they have autism (which can occur in a variety of ways including informal internet assessments, information from autistic peers, etc) without the help of a medical professional or without a professional diagnosis.Continue reading “Self Diagnosis FAQ”

anonymous submission: “I don’t understand why ABA is bad?”

Anonymous Submission: Q: “I don’t understand why ABA is bad? What are specific experiences or examples folks can share? Seeing first hand experiences, not conjecture or opinion. I am the bio mom to a 2 year old, enrolled in ABA, Speech, OT in America, only on private insurance. He does not speak, among other issues.”Continue reading “anonymous submission: “I don’t understand why ABA is bad?””

personal stories from those formerly enrolled in ABA

These stories were all obtained anonymously via google forms survey. Some of these are quoted from parents or loved ones and others are quoted from autistics. From parents: “We had a newer practitioner, she did not suppress stim or demand eye contact, however she did very much demand certain flow from conversation. The last strawContinue reading “personal stories from those formerly enrolled in ABA”

The Great Big ABA Opposition Resource List

Prompted by an anonymous question submitted to Ask an Autistic / sounds like you should ask an autistic, but ok on Facebook, I’ve put together a list of countless articles explaining why ABA is so harmful. Some of them are from here on this site, but many of them are from elsewhere. This post willContinue reading “The Great Big ABA Opposition Resource List”

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