Why I Left ABA

Need I say more?

Socially Anxious Advocate

Trigger Warning: ABA, ableism, institutionalized child abuse

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When I first became an ABA Therapist, I was thrilled. I was actually going to use my psych degree, get paid more than minimum wage, and above all, make a positive difference in Autistic children’s lives. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

Now I look back, and the year I spent working in ABA is my single greatest regret.

When I left, it wasn’t a decision I made overnight. It was a long, difficult process, full of denial and confusion. I don’t enjoy talking about it because I did so many wrong things that…

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  1. Hello there! I’m over here from the Proxy Project, and I’m very interested in what you say when you are able to talk about it. I’m so sorry, it sounds horrible.

    The Proxy Project would love to learn 1) what ABA is, 2) why anyone thinks it works, 3) what it REALLY does, and 4) are the people who do it abusive? This is because we are finding there is a lot of abuse done by healthcare providers to people in various mental health, developmental health, and pediatric/adolescent health systems.

    Again, I’m so sorry for what happened to you, and I’m so happy you saw the light and got out. Thank you for your post.

    1. Hi there Monika, this post is actually reblogged from another wordpress blogger site. Our kids only had one session with an ABA therapist and we decided never again! We are attachment parents and follow a child-led approach to anything that involves our children so ABA goes against everything we believe!

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