The only way ABA knows how to “train” a child, to “motivate” them..is to negate their needs or take away their joy.
Category: autistic adults
Neurotypical Accommodations and Unwritten Rules
Here’s the definition of a rule from the Oxford Dictionary: rule. Noun. One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere.
The Preservation of Autistic Self-Advocacy
It’s kind of funny that I don’t even want to write this right now. Currently, I feel neutral about autism advocacy. I’ve learned recently that there is a whole world out there of people who are sometimes trying to do their best but without the right resources. I’ve seen people actively try to include others, … Continue reading The Preservation of Autistic Self-Advocacy
Understanding Non-Autistic Social Skills
How do non-autistic people process social cues like body language and eye contact? This may help answer that question.
Why Social Skills Training Does Not Help Autistic People
Here's the main reason why "social skills training" makes no sense to me: There is no neurotypical formula for social interaction.
Autistic Unmasking: How to Unlearn Trauma Responses
I've written about masking and sensory pain a lot. But there are still things I notice even years after recognizing that I'm autistic. Masking is Subconscious and Pervasive I've been wearing headphones around my neck everytime I go out, even just for in person meetings inside. Recently I was early for a meeting, someone came … Continue reading Autistic Unmasking: How to Unlearn Trauma Responses
Autistic Burnout Is More Than Burnout
I think I just realized why autistic burnout is so bad. When autistic people reach their limits, they continue because they know they have to continue to be considered valuable.
What Autistic Advocacy Really Means
What I want to talk about is the lasting effects that occur when autistic people are used as a commodity, a political football, a theoretical argument, as exploitation, when autistic people have to witness the dehumanization and legal torture of autistic people.
Sensory Sensitivities Are Not Preferences, They’re Needs
I have a request for non-autistic people, and anyone who does not experience sensory sensitivities: Treat sensory sensitivities as disabilities and accommodate them as you would for any other person who is pain. Believe Them.
I explain why it can be so hard to do hygiene tasks, like brushing teeth or showering, as an autistic person.