“How do I deal with this child’s disruptive behaviour?” It’s a common question. Before I give my answer to it, I think it’s really important to understand the question that is really being asked.
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“But it works”
It’s the most common reply I see from parents when autistic adults express opposition to behaviour modification therapy. I hear them tell the story of what has been achieved since their child has been in therapy, in order to convince others that they are wrong about the abusive nature of therapies like ABA. As I’ve listened I realise there is a lot of evidence supporting their claims, so I can only conclude that behaviour modification therapy does get the results parents want.
You can listen to “The illusion of choice in behaviour modification therapy” as part of a podcast on The Neurodivecast by Alex Kronstein. Click << here >> to open the podcast site in a new window. This article is read first. Keep listening for other excellent articles on the topic of ABA and behaviour modification therapy.
During April autistic adults take the opportunity when people are raising “awareness” to push back against some of the ideas commonly held by non autistic people about what is good for autistic people.
In my article “Behaviour Management” I said,
“There is a different way to support change in a child’s behaviour than imposing our own will over theirs. It begins with letting go of the temptation to manage behaviours, and replace it with the goal of meeting needs.“
Behaviour management is often talked about in groups where people are looking for ways to reduce challenging behaviours in children. When I see these conversations the people talking are often parents and teachers and “experts”, and the children are neurodivergent kids struggling to cope in their homes or classroom settings.