Why are we okay with these odds?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (also known as ABA) has only a 50/50 chance of “working.” And that number gives all of the credit to the “therapy” and none to the child’s natural development, assuming that between the years of ages 3 and 6 the child would make no progress on their own.

However, there is an almost same chance that the child will develop C-PTSD as a result of the operant conditioning recommended by ABA professionals. And that wasn’t even a wholly inclusive or wide reaching survey, and does not cover individuals who do not have access to uncensored communication.

It should also be of note that parent’s satisfaction with ABA was completely at odds with the people who were actually subjected to the operant conditioning.

If your child has just as much a chance of being traumatized as they do of being “helped,” and again, that assumes your child will not learn or progress on their own at all, why chose to do this to your child? I would like to think it is done in ignorance, that people have never seen these statistics side-by-side.

If you’re interested in respectful alternatives to ABA, information can be found here. I also really like this list, though I recognize that it is incomplete.

 

 

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