Archived | Email: ABA vs The Son-Rise Program | Circa February 11, 2010 #NotAnAutisticAlly


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


Warning: This is quackery. “Natural” and other products and pseudoscience practices promoted for ‘healing, recovery, cure’ have harmed and even killed Autistics worldwide.

Now these extremist fringe groups have expanded to gaslight the public on COVID-19 ‘cures, healing, recovery” and many other arenas.

The Autistic Community is very familiar with quack cults like this … we’ve been battling the same group who has had many identifying names like: Mercury Mob/Mafia, Antivaxxers, BleachCult, and many more. These folks and organizations also battle Autistics over our civil and human rights. The names change, but the people, for the most part, remain the same.

Fact: Autistics are not vaccine-injured and Vaccines do not cause autism.

PSA: Don’t Drink Bleach.


I am pleased to share with you the newest video in our ongoing series, MOTIVATION in Autism Treatment — #3 ABA vs. The Son-Rise Program.  Again, we would love for your to post this video and/or forward it to friends and family. 

What motivates a child with Autism to change behaviors and engage with others? This video explores this important theme and offers a different perspective to traditional ABA therapy. The Son-Rise Program builds the child’s own interests into every game or activity so that the child is excited, “comes back for more,” generalizes skills, and relates naturally rather than robotically, whereas ABA therapy has traditionally used “discrete trials” or similar methods to prompt the child to perform a behavior (followed by a reward) over and over again until the child has demonstrated mastery.

The Autism Treatment Center of America™ is home to The Son-Rise Program®, an effective treatment for children and adults challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger’s Syndrome , and other developmental difficulties. Our team of committed teachers represents over 100 years of real life experience working with children using The Son-Rise Program. Over the last 35+ years, more than 25,000 parents and professionals from 78 countries have been trained in The Son-Rise Program techniques and methodology to help challenged children worldwide. 

We believe that every child has unlimited potential. For some of The Son-Rise Program participants, this means their child returns to mainstream school or completely recovers from Autism. For other families, this means improvements in their child’s development, social skills, communication, skill acquisition and quality of life far beyond what most would have ever predicted.

The Son-Rise Program® focuses on respect and deep caring as the most important factors impacting a child’s motivation to learn, and from the beginning has made love and acceptance a meaningful part of every teaching process. In The Son-Rise Program, the children show us the way in to their world, and then we show them the way out to ours.

With love, respect, and thanks.

Warning: This is quackery. “Natural” and other products and pseudoscience practices promoted for ‘healing, recovery, cure’ have harmed and even killed Autistics worldwide.

Now these extremist fringe groups have expanded to gaslight the public on COVID-19 ‘cures, healing, recovery” and many other arenas.

The Autistic Community is very familiar with quack cults like this … we’ve been battling the same group who has had many identifying names like: Mercury Mob/Mafia, Antivaxxers, BleachCult, and many more. These folks and organizations also battle Autistics over our civil and human rights. The names change, but the people, for the most part, remain the same.

Fact: Autistics are not vaccine-injured and Vaccines do not cause autism.

PSA: Don’t Drink Bleach.




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