Some ABA is detrimental to the natural communication of some autistics. For instance forced eye contact and trying to stop soothing stimming is harmful. If the stimming isn’t hurting the child or anyone else is can be very soothing and there is no reason to stop it. People want to stop it because they think it looks odd, which isn’t fair to an autistic person. Eye contact is for other people and it overwhelms a lot of autistics, it does not help them learn. Please be very careful in… read more
@A MyAutismTeam Member The CBT was focused on social anxiety and it did help me tremendously. It helped me a lot with confidence in social areas. Since it is about logic it helped me with self talk. Unfortunately it also taught me how to mask more.
I always say I have a script in my brain that I follow for every social situation. When I don’t have a script is when I usually get anxious. The Social Anxiety Institute in Arizona basically gave me more scripts and techniques. Had it been focused on autism which is the cause of my social anxiety I believe it would have been even better. I don’t like that it’s called an institute haha. It’s not an inpatient facility it’s in depth classes. On a side not I love elephants. 😀
@DadRob I am happy to hear that you have found a great ABA therapist. There are so many horror stories in the adult autistic community about therapist forcing certain techniques disguised as therapy but was basically like dog training. It caused severe anxiety sometimes even ptsd.