Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kupferstein (July 14, 2016). How I teach autistic students without using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).



 In her article from The Art of Autism entitled "How I teach autistic students without using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)," Kupferstein (July 14, 2016) said,

Many of my autistic piano students are ABA survivors. They have been led to believe that they have no original thoughts, intentions, or free will. Everything they do is scripted, and everything they don’t do is conditioned. It takes us weeks to begin undoing the damage. In the worst cases, it takes months or years, depending on their age and the length of the ABA-induced trauma.
ABA for autistics is based on Pavlov’s operant conditioning for dogs. In this video, you can see the lone dog waiting for permission to have fun. Watching this clip, I can almost hear the ABA kid saying, “Miss Ashley–what am I working for? After I swim for 5 minutes, can I have 15 minutes of iPad time?”



In the (next) video, you can see a non-speaking autistic piano student who was kicking and screaming straight through his first lesson. By the second week, he was playing and reading independently. By the third week, he was happy to follow my guidance to correct his fingering. One month later, this student is now playing with two hands and waits all week for his lesson time, ready to shine. In the first lesson, he had to be convinced to read and play only after the dreaded reward chart was shown to him. After the first month of lessons, he is happily seated at the piano without any rewards mentioned. With my autistic piano students, the work starts from the first lesson when the student realizes that playing the piano is the ‘reward’ and not the ‘task’ with which to work on for a reward.



Here is the best part of Kupferstein (July 14, 2016). See how she lambasts and annihilates ABA in ethics debate here:

ABA (applied behavior analysis) is considered an ‘evidence-based treatment’ for autism, only because the evidence is based on Pavlov’s dogs. When applied to humans, the parent who prefers a favorable outcome will be delighted that their child finally learned to go potty. The problem extends into the ethics of those in position of power who determine the goals. The therapist and parent get to decide on a list of behaviors to enforce, and a list of behaviors to diminish. This can include much-needed self regulatory stimming (Also read Kupperstein (June 3, 2016). Reframing autistic behavior problems as self-preservation. A Freudian view). As in child sexual abuse*, the victim will lifelessly comply if they are groomed with compliments and treats. Just like Pavlov speculated, we are more likely to repeat a behavior once we learn that it produces positive consequences.

Friday, June 9, 2017

ABA Leaks likes DIR/Floortime, but the ABA/DIR hybrid, Pivotal Response Training (PRT), disgusts us. The greedy Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) industry must leave autistics and others alone.


[June 15, 2017 edit note: I saw the Twitter account of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who claims she does DIR/Floortime. ABA infiltrates everything, including theories which stand in opposition to the typical ABA coercive manner. For example, I have also seen them forcing their way into Montessori schools. They are based on the pragmatic philosophy of USA philosopher John Dewey. He wrote extensively about democracy in education, while ABA is strictly coercive. But parents can screen theses services and make sure ABA is out of the picture. Dave Altieri]

 ABA Leaks tentatively likes DIR/Floortime because the child leads the interactions, supposedly. We'll follow them again and report back. However, Anderson (July 13, 2012) favors a hybrid of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and DIR, Pivotal Response Training (PRT), but it badly disappoints ABA Leaks.

Watch the video in Anderson (2012). The trainer claims her nine-month-old infant is leading, yet note the ABA style manipulation and typical misjudgment of autism. Bologna! She is manipulating into obedience and submission to her asinine demands, in ABA stealth mode, forced eye contact again.

They do not hear us actually autistic advocates speaking. ABA's Social Darwinism gets subtler and subtler. Survival of the fittest. Wipe autistics off the planet one behavior at a time. It fails at it, too! We are CounterControllers. ABA would silence us, too, if it could. They block us all out of their Facebook groups. The old guard ABA orthodoxy fears we're reaching the rank and file ABAers and causing them internal dissent and abandonment of the pseudo-profession. It tries to ignore us and censor the speech of survivors of ABA. It fails!

Look at Emily who left stood tall and courageous and left ABA. Look at Hunsacker, behavioral neurologist, who read this blog and decided not to become one of them. Look at our ABA Leaks page. Follow other CounterControllers outside of ABA Leaks, such as StargazerDawson, Sequenzia, Brown, Ne'eman, Shaber. We move in force to bankrupt ABA. As more of the sickening ABA Truth gets out to the public and the courts, we shall overcome!



The Controllers claim old ABA was bad; new, good. As they retreat into defensive mode against our harsh criticism of their cruel methods, PRT still manipulates babies and toddlers into eye contact. It is overly-subtle coercion as it catches the baby looking in an eye and reinforces with, no doubt, ABA's ready-made, canned, phony, stone-cold, loud to our autistic ears, praises, as it shoves a morsel of food into our mouths, with each time we display "obedience," pairing the ABAer with food, when we're underfed, since food does not reinforce when we're full. The reason why s/he'll pair herself with the food she lets us eat is because she wants us to like her in the beginning of her intrusive interventions, only so that she can modify us later, and for no other reason, according to her own "data" collection logic.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have said so many times. We do not want to stare directly into your eyeballs! Get over it! Normal is dull! Who cares if we look at the sky instead of your normal big bright blue eyeballs! Leave us alone, ABA. ABA is abuse. It always was. It always will be. Period. ABA repulses us again. It's PRT eyes are gross! Pathetic self-serving, gargoyle greedy profiteers they are, all the of them!

ABA would guilt and shame our autism away if it could. It pulled their empathy-disabled stunts as it tried to do away with gays one response at a time also. It is behind the skin shock torture in Chechnya pogroms concentration camps. Altieri (April 17, 2017). It all started with Russian Pavlov as he cut holes into their poor dog cheeks to collect their saliva and make them drool to a metronome. The Chechnya shaming of gays, as ABA shames everyone it "treats," is blatant, non-subtle ABA. They don't pretend to be nice like your typical ABA liberal hypocrite does. PRT is simply underhanded, non obvious, in their way of manipulation and control.

We love ourselves not in spite of autism. Autism is beautiful! We love ourselves because we are beautiful. With apologies to the deaf, blind, slow learner community. Please tell us how to say this better.

ABA is full of deaf, dumb, and blind Emotional IQ (EIQ) morons. I've seen Down's Syndrome friends excel as geniuses compared to ABA. After all, they lead the Stop the R Word campaign (retarded).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Anonymous (2012) leaked a personal contact information dox of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture" personnel.



Anonymous (March 6, 2012). Anonymous (March 6, 2012) leaked a personal contact information dox of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock torture's personnel. It contains many major JRC leaders' home phone numbers, home addresses, home property values, and email addresses.



This is the Leviticus loophole, the gay men's ticket to heaven, straight out of Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, first Sunday, June, 2017.


Robin Margolis photographed this picture, unknown to me at the time, in 2016. That's me doing "Just Nose," as Safety Pat the Proud Autistic Schizophrenic Silly Whistleblowing Clown on the Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA Boardwalk outside Convention Hall with a bystander and with my fiancé, Patriarch Athenagoras, Greek "Man of Love." I had proposed to 500 straight men per month. Gays are not my type on account of all the barebacking, unprotected anal sex. I'm used to all the rejections. Patriarch didn't say "No" when I got down on my knees and proposed. He had no objection to the prenups I read him. He doesn't bicker or talk back. His beard is thick and wavy and what a uniform. He'll make a perfect husband, ladies and jellyspoons! The protest we encountered in the story that follows took place nearby his steady pose where the old Howard Johnson's and Convention Hall meet the street at Sunset Park, which is where Jersey Pride, Inc., hosts the rally and festivities each first Sunday in June after the parade.

Convention Hall at Jersey Pride Rally and Festival, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, first weekend in June each year; June, 2017

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Rally and Festival, June, 2017

Rally and Festival, Sunset Park, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Two friends of mine from the Asbury Park gay community, Shaune Pony Heath-Thilberg and his husband Jonathan, hugged and praised me yesterday for walking up into the faces of two demonstrating anti-gay Jesus preachers at Gay Pride Asbury yesterday and debating the Bible with one of them. They told me the people who witnessed it were moved by what I did. I went home in tears after they told me that.

I made my last point in the face-to-face debate with the older of the two and turned to the group surrounding the Christians to tell them how the debate went. He was a good listener and we did take turns speaking and listening, so I did not feel bad about him personally. In the second part of the debate, which I have not yet announced anywhere, we reached an impasse, and I told him, "That's a good point," and I turned away from him to face the group. (That's like debating how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. One can make a good point, but it's ridiculous.)

I said to them,

Here's how you do it. Leviticus, "A man shall not lie with a man as he does with a woman." So I told the guy, "You kneel and I'll stand up on my feet. Nobody will be lying down with anybody." So he said, "That's fornication," sex outside marriage. I said, "Yes, but now we have gay marriage." That's your ticket to heaven, everybody! 

Then I walked away to continue to clown the Boardwalk for Pride Day. People want to know why I clown. I tell them the cause. To save the world from #punishmentRunAmok. I'd not be so successful were I not so delusional.

The first step is to #CloseTheJRC of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) skin shock. Then we bankrupt ABA. Then we show the world our Reward and Consent (R+C) (dual parent and child consent) Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) method. Then we teach activists how to use it.
Get up off the ground so nobody can pick you up. Politicians just want to get away from you. They're people, too. Instead of attacking them until they comply with your demands, and then letting up the pressure when they obey (negative reinforcement under aversives removal), write them mass quantities of letters of praise as soon as they do the right thing or as soon as they improve in successive approximations toward your goal (shaping under positive reinforcement).

It won't happen in my lifetime, but my landlord says I can put my mummy in our studio apartment, which we'll convert into a museum. Pony and Jonathan will be the gatekeepers. They'll collect the entrance fees and take their curator salaries. The lines will snake all around Ocean Grove, of course. Ray said we can do it, but we'll still have to pay him rent.

I'll do it again, because they protest with their Jesus signs every first Sunday June at Jersey Pride. I wish I had done it yesterday, but next year I'll add,

If you're so inclined, get the King James version of the Bible. Whether or not it's a spiritual document, it's a literary tour de force. Read how King David saved his subject Jonathan whom he loved with a passion. Ask yourself, "What's up with that? Were they gay?" And then read St. Paul. He was an in-the-closet gay man with internalized homophobia, just like the sad, pathetic, anti-gay Jesus freaks, my friends. He's the one who opposed fornication. Jesus said nothing about gay sex and the Bible never forbade same-sex marriage. And who were those twelve, handsome, half-shirtless, bearded fishermen at his side all the time? Get real! That's polyamory! Paul was taken prisoner on a ship. Read between the lines. They raped him and so he opposed fornication. What happens in the Navy? What happens in jail? Homosexuality. It's clear as a bell. Now that we have gay marriage, everybody, we can permit the straights to marry, but we won't be so Christian and bitter about it, right?
What about the lesbians? Well Leviticus says nothing about them, so they can do their hugging and kissing using any combination of romantic Kamasutra positions. As long as they marry, they can pass the Pearly Gates into Heaven. The dudes, however, simply can't do on a mattress. Anything else is game, except, of course, for pre-marital sex. When it comes to post-divorce sex, well, then we're better off consulting a psychiatrist than a wo(man) of the cloth.

Kamasutra



Monday, June 5, 2017

Never marry anyone who does Behavior Analysis.

This is an actual Applied Behavior Analysis "dissemination" meme.
Never marry anyone who does Behavior Analysis. The women will control you by withholding sex from you scientifically and the men love their guns much too much. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) promotes what it calls "gun safety," which is an oxymoron, a contradiction of terms, because a gun is never safe.

ABA is full of contradictory statements. Its classic is "shock therapy," the extreme version of its "aversion therapy." There is never anything therapeutic about extremely punitive people and their objects of torture when all we want is for them to go away and to leave us alone.

Never believe anything they claim is true about their practice. Always watch them in action and then ask yourself if you would want them to do that to you. That way, you can decide for yourself. You won't have to take our word for it, or anyone else's, for that matter, if you're the eyewitness.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Humpty Dumpty sat in the stall....

This picture is from here.

Humpty Dumpty sat in the stall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't pull Humpty out the toilet.
Lucky he came out the faucet.

This picture is from here.

This picture is from here.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

It's late Friday night, early Saturday morning. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is convening in Denver, drunk, no doubt. Who are they do misjudge others?


It's getting late. It's Friday night, early Saturday morning, as of the publication of this post. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) annual convention in Denver is well underway.

Maria Malott, CEO of ABAI, has officially "approved" her ex-husband Dick Malott's and Glenda "the good witch" Crookes' Rotenberg center of extremely painful electric skin shock torture once again as being "aligned" with ABAI's "mission," Miss Malott's words, since she's in charge and the buck stops with her. Right? The U. N. specifically calls this ABA "torture." He's a Rotenberg board member and Crookes is the executive in charge.

They're drinking now. Many will be inebriated soon, no doubt, judging from their countless Facebook profile pictures going back in time with the drinks in their hands. Anyone can check this. Just who the hell does #AppliedBehaviorAnalysis think they are to misjudge the behaviors of us #actuallyAutistic and #disabled people?

They ought to torture all the alcoholics among them to get them to stop their "challenging behaviors of social importance" in order to cure them of their alcoholic behaviors. This is the truth about them, but, of course, tongue in cheek, yet many a true word is said in jest. ABA Leaks wishes nobody to suffer what they inflict, not even them, because we can empathize, unlike them, as they cannot see our feelings, so they're not "data" in ABA!

They cannot ABA the drunkenness out of ABAers; they can't ABA the gayness out of gays, yet they tried and failed at that; and they cannot ABA the autism out of us autistics, yet they try and fail at that; but boy do they get rich using our parents' hard-earned money; and yes, though they often have USA ABA insurance coverage now, our folks have to throw much of their own money, co-pays and deductibles, away to those #BCBA rip-off con artists. They typically demand forty hours a week per child of intense interventions. We're trying to tell them not to overstimulate our poor autistic childhood and toddler peers, but they won't even talk to us! Nonsense!

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As an afterthought, we know alcoholism is a problem, and we all have all kinds of addictions, and the alcohol industry is much to blame, so we don't misjudge heavy drinkers either, we hope. They and we have disabilities. We're all equal, including ABA, the empathy disabled.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Behavior Babe, get out your pen and oppose Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) torture in one of your academic journals, immediately, please, for the sake of your own conscience, Dr. Amanda Kelly, Mrs. or Mr. Popular, self-described "ethical" Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).


"Fill in the blanks. Top two most "liked" posts will receive a FREE BehaviorBabe button!"

Amanda Kelly et al. (2105, p. 137), also known as BehaviorBabe, said that "the relationship between an instructor and a student is established when the instructor is consistently paired with the delivery of reinforcers." This is how she or he gets her or his food-deprived experimental autistic subjects to like her or him. S/he makes sure s/he's standing right next to them whom s/he's cornered in their chairs while they're licking the lollypops she or he alone permits them to suck, let's imagine, which wouldn't surprise us a bit if that's what really happens. So then when they finish eating, they're supposed to adore her or his very presence even when s/he stops bribing them.

Incidentally, that's exactly how Pavlov (1927) got his dogs to salivate to a bell. He ripped a hole in their cheeks to collect and measure their drippings. He paired the bell with meat, under which they salivated, and then presented the bell to the dogs absent the meat. So then they drooled to the ring of his previously-neutral, now-conditioned, ding-a-ling-a-ling excitable stimulus tone.

Here's an exclusive ABA Leaks tidbit of data. It's a little known fact that Pavlov salivated to the smell of his dog handlers, his big-breasted Russian women who quit as soon as they saw him peering and snorting at them. So then he salivated to the scent of his dogs when he was stuck in his laboratory feeding them himself, without the babes.

Pavlov, his dog, and his big-breasted, dog-handling, Russian-communist BehaviorBabe who quit as soon as she saw him drooling at her out the side of his mouth, which caused him to drool at the sight of his dogs after she had left him for good, as in your typically pathetic ABA Controller-couple alcoholic failed marriage.

So anyhow, getting back to Dr. Amanda Kelly, BCBA-D. This major ABA disseminator and Hawaiian ABA insurance coverage public policy lobbyist describes her or his mission as "ethical advocate for accurate application and dissemination of behavior analysis."

Now this young whippersnapper novice on the ABA scene, which is chock-full-of old-time skin-shock farts such as Pennypacker, Iwata, and Dick and Maria Malott, who tortured each other so much over the years that they both ground and gnashed their teeth during their divorce proceedings until the judge told them to keep their jaws wide open or else he would put them in jail for the night for a bitter taste of their own "aversion therapy" medicine, according to our exclusive ABA Leaks Eyewitness News Team investigative probate court hidden spy cameras, which we had also planted deep inside their Oahu honeymoon suite many eons ago, now this up-and-coming MoralityBabe, according to Google and Google Scholar search results retrieved May 23, 2017, this young lady, who deems herself to be some kind of an Behavioral Ethics figure, she or he has never once published a public statement against the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock, whom two United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture have called ABA people who "torture" (Novak, May 11, 2010 and Méndez, 2013, p. 85).

Now the BehaviorBabe-a-Roo says, "If the inclusion of aversives is warranted by the behavior, all parties must be in full agreement," which according to ABA must be a false statement, because she or he ought to know that punishers are things we avoid and escape, so as much as you can delude yourselves into thinking we do, well we autistics ain't gonna agree to your cruel and unusual punishments, your forced ammonia sniffs, or your facial water sprays, for example, according to your very own demented ABA logic. Would you let us do that to you? You won't even barely talk to us when we're free from you all. Got it? Duh!

So Kelly uses the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ethics code as her or his authority in defense of aversives. BACB, however, excludes the typical disabled or autistic childhood direct recipient of ABA coercions as a representative party to the agreement. The code uses Orwellian doublespeak to dance around the fact that it disregards the dissent of its program recipients when the parents sign the informed consent documents. In other words, ABA credentials teaches autistics and others that it's wrong to say no to an abuser.

It says, "Behavior analysts have a responsibility to operate in the best interest of clients. The term client as used here is broadly applicable to whomever behavior analysts provide services, whether an individual person (service recipient), a parent or guardian of a service recipient, an organizational representative, a public or private organization, a firm, or a corporation (Code 2.0).... Behavior analysts’ responsibility is to all parties affected by behavior-analytic services. When multiple parties are involved and could be defined as a client, a hierarchy of parties must be established and communicated from the outset of the defined relationship. Behavior analysts identify and communicate who the primary ultimate beneficiary of services is in any given situation and advocates for his or her best interests (2.02)." So they brag about defending the best interest of the client, but that's utterly incomplete and therefore unacceptable by any well-known standard of ethics.

In the Belmont Report Ryan et al. (April 18, 1979, p. 4) called self-determination and best interests two separate parts of the basic ethical principle they called "Respect for Persons." Then In The Matter of M. R. the New Jersey Supreme Court (1994) ruled that people with disabilities have the legal right to self-determination and it must be balanced with the right have someone look after our best interest if we're less capable. See Altieri (August 20, 2014). So they didn't separate the parts. They recognized that even the highly and legally incapacitated have this right to autonomy.

The right to dissent falls into the right to autonomy. And guess who sits on the bottom of the totem pole in the hierarchy BACB promulgates. The ABA victim, of course. See more about why in Altieri (December 27, 2007) "The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) condones extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) skin shock torture."

The code makes no mention of autonomy nor self-determination. Indeed, atheist ABA high priest guru B. F. Skinner (1971/1976) implied in his bestselling book Beyond Freedom and Dignity that there's no such thing as freedom and free will. In other words, he was a determinist who believed we are not autonomous agents of our own behaviors. He claimed he had the power to control them entirely with manipulations of the environment as it interacts with what he called his human or non-human experimental subject individual case study organisms. See Skinner (1938) and Altieri (September 30, 2014).

Not only that, let's nail the last nail in the coffin with this bit of data about them. Chew on this fact, BehaviorBabe. BACB (Fourth Edition Task List III Fk-3 Determinism) says that their Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) should behave in accordance with their philosophical assumption of determinism, which explains precisely why autistics have no right to dissent from their abuse, as it follows from above. They assume we're not even free to choose our own actions by ourselves and they must behave as though their experimental subjects in the applied settings have no freedoms, even though they defy the law of the land under M. R., they engage in unconstitutionally cruel and unusually bizarre  punishments. And you Controllers call us autistics the deviants? You're the pot calling the kettle black.

Does anyone smell a lawsuit? We do, the proudly-identified CounterControllers do, and it's rosy sweet.


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So listen up, EthicsBabe. You don't fool us. You make like you're ignoring us in ABA's typical failed attempt at ignoring ABA Leaks. Never, not since 2007 on this blog, have you ever come close to extinguishing our verbal behavior tacts about your complete and utter nonsense tomfoolery, which we have the power of ethical analysis to pinpoint on you with endurable-strength, fine-tooth, ball-point-pen accuracy. Look! We've got over 201,000 page-views today. Guess who Google Stats tell us is our biggest audience. You! And you pretend to ignore us. Ha! We saw you coming when we post to your Facebook groups, until you banished us out of them simply because we were too good to debate you and we could have caused more dissent in the ranks, which is why you're a pseudoscience cult who only paints a rosy picture of yourselves and who denies crucial data about the trauma you cause us. We know you're gonna read this post, Ms. Kelly, sooner or later. One of your allies will read it and spill the beans to you and then you can't resist, for how can you control for us if you can't read it?

You're a major internet ABA blabbermouth, industrial strength, Amanda. You have a zillion ABA sheeple ears following you in Facebook, Twitter, and on your website. If you ever want to call yourself ethical and hope you really mean it, you will issue a public statement against your skin shock torture, please. That way you can fall asleep without any alcohol to smother your guilt. Am I right about that one, too? Be honest with yourself, lass! Haha. Look! Listen to Andre's screams of pain and cries for help. Imagine this is you! Can you? Do you have a single empathetic bone in your self-proclaimed "ethical" body? Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you and don't do undo others what you don't want done unto you, two sides of the Golden Rule of Ethics coin. Get out our pen and oppose ABA torture in one of your journals, immediately, for the sake of your own conscience, Miss Popular, self-described ethical BehaviorBabe!



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Do you know why God made our nostrils as wide as our index fingers?


Do you know why God made our nostrils as wide as our index fingers? Why, so we can pick our noses in comfort, of course. That's what an all good, all powerful God would do for us, for if fingers were too fat for our snouts, then how could we enjoy picking them? We could rip apart our nose ends, and only the Devil would make that happen and God's over on the mate down under, right, Father? Anyhow, even if it warn't so bad as tearing it up from the inside out, why, just try jamming your big fat thumb up your nose and pulling out a decent green, red, and brown chunky piece of snot. It's next to impossible with the thumb and that's quite a wide gap you stretch out just to jam it good and far up the cavern. You'll see. Go ahead, Father. Give it a go from behind the screen. God don't want us to suffer, since He's all good and all powerful, so by this line of reasoning, that's why the index finger fits a set of air holes like a latex glove under all its many prodding usages up the corpus, indisputably. Now, just for trial-and-error theory making, stumble your pinky inside and try to pry loose a goober, the kind where you get to clean your sinuses, if you're lucky, when a long, gooey string of white-blood-cell gob comes from a pipe, all clearing you right out for a good hairy nose breath once again. Does it work? Which finger is "most scientifically effective"? Hey, are you a nose breather or a mouth breather? I can't see you from behind the curtain, but I can hear you breathing pretty darned hard. Anyhow, bless me, Father, for I have sinned....

B. F. Skinner, high priest of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), generally opposed coercive punishment, but only for whom he called "normal" people, while he favored extremely painful electric skin shock, "ABA aversives therapy" torture, for whom he would call "abnormal deviants."



B. F. Skinner (1953/2014, p. 183) said, "In the long run, punishment, unlike reinforcement, works to the disadvantage of both the punished organism and the punishing agency." But Skinner became an advocate of aversives nevertheless.

"Israel 'is a very humane man, much concerned about injustice. It takes a brave man to take these cases on. Most people run as far away as possible," said the 81-year-old psychologist, who was Israel's mentor when the younger man earned his Harvard doctorate in 1960. [Skinner] emphasized that Israel 'has not asked me to speak on his behalf.'" (Dietz, 1985). "Skinner said he has seen videotapes of Israel's methods, but has not visited the program, which maintains group homes in southeastern Massachusetts for 67 clients from many states." (Dietz, 1985)

It wasn't until 1989 that Dr. Matthew L. Israel (2000), also known as "Doctor Hurt," bought his first skin shock device from another ABA guru, Brian Iwata, narrow-minded one variable at a time simplistic and reductionist, Antecedent, Behavior Consequence (ABC) assessment instigator, who owns their "most prolific author" bragging rights Shabani et al. (2004, p. 237) , and his team's company that invented his SIBIS device.

Iwata (1988) introduced his politics of skin shock paper by saying, "Two years ago Henry Pennypacker, in his presidential address to the Association for Behavior Analysis, used this forum to discuss issues related to the transfer and subsequent adoption of behavioral technology (Pennypacker, 1986)." As of February, 2017, which is before the date that this blogger, Dave Jersey of Facebook, blocked Pennypacker from viewing Jersey's posts in Facebook, Jersey identified Pennypacker as a Facebook friend of Dr. Israel's wife, Judy Weber (Gone Wild, July 4, 2015).

This is what we know has happened at Israel's wife Weber's Tobinworld institution of ABA in Antioch, California.



This is what we know has happened at Weber's husband Israel's skin shock institution in Canton, Massachusetts.





Here in this paragraph we show that by far the most powerful and controlling ABA Grampz high priest, B. F. Skinner and ABA Pops, O. Ivar Lovaas, sat on the Board of Editors of their inaugural Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) issue 1 (1), when one of the trio of JABA trend setters of their highly cited Bear, Wolf, and Risley (1968) "Some current dimensions of ABA," when this bizarre trio decided being gay was a bad thing that ABA would then also proceed to skin shock and torture in any manner of perverted scientific manners, Todd Risley (1968) called a young autistic girl a "deviant" and shocked the hell out of her with primitive ABA skin shock devices, simply because she climbed on her Mommy and Daddy's precious family furniture. So instead of bolting the bookshelves to the wall, setting her up with backyard monkey bars, and taking her out to a gymnastics class, they decided it would be more profitable for ABA to "treat her effectively" extremely painful ABA electroshock torture. This article is precisely why ABA Leaks makes this claim that Grampz generally opposed coercive punishment, but only for "normal" people, while he defended ABA extremely painful electric skin shock aversive torture. He could have stopped it, but he didn't. Skinner was a torturer like the whole vicious lot of ABA has been ever since he and Lovaas liked to shock the "deviants." Grant (1965) reported that Pops, the precision technical Discrete Trial Training and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention inventor, ABA founder O. Ivar Lovaas, speaking in derogatory terms of Pamela, a young autistic girl, when he took off her shoes and forced her to stand barefooted on his UCLA laboratory room and shocked the hell out of her too, in Life Magazine, as he thought it would be clever and profitable to present her as some kind of a circus side show freak act in how they photographed and talked about her.

Dr. Israel (2010) reported "JRC first employed skin-shock in 1989-1990." So we do not know if Skinner and Israel plotted together on ABA's skin shock. It seems probable.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Denver. May 25-29, 2017. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) annual convention officially "approves" extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock torture once again, after autistic advocates have told them year after year they must stop approving it. Is all ABA deaf, dumb, and blind?


This .gif is from the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) movie is about their behavior controlling ways, what ABAI is all about, A Clockwork Orange

Like a predictable Clockwork Orange, once again the Ass. for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) is officially "approving" the Canton, Massachusetts Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture" as being "aligned" with ABAI's "mission," this time at its Denver, Colorado, USA annual convention during May 25-29, 2017 (ABAI Convention Program Book, 2017, pp. 23, 34).

What is most incredible is that all ABA supports torture, every last one of them, either outright or complicitly, as they have not published a single statement against it, to the knowledge of ABA Leaks (Altieri, 2014, 2016).

Autistic advocates have demanded that ABAI stop their unconscionable behavior, yet they approve this painful abuse year after year (Altieri, April 13, 2016). In fact, Cat (May 27, 2012) led the JRC and ABAI protest with the Seattle Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN).

ABA calls this "effective science." Certainly they have seen the video below of their shock torture in action. Why do they all like this?

This is not the ECT of brain shock psychiatry. That's not supposed to hurt. ABA intends to cause pain. Otherwise, they claim, it would not be so "effective."



This is at least the fifth year in a row ABAI has done this at its annual conventions despite demands from the actually autistic community that Maria Malott, CEO of ABAI, stop her all-out support of this vicious Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) abuse (Altieri, 2015, 2016).

 
Maria Malott, as CEO of ABAI, is the major, major ABA skin shock torture advocate.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Méndez (2013, p. 85) said,

Therefore, and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Special Rapporteur determines that the rights of the students of the JRC (Judge Rotenberg Center) subjected to Level III Aversive Interventions by means of electric shock and physical means of restraints have been violated under the UN Convention against Torture and other international standards.

This is how ABA Leaks explains ABA's collective sadistic and demented behavior. Do only gifted athletes populate professional sports? Do people skilled in debate enter the argument profession, law, in droves? Do people who pay no heed to ethics and morality fill the ranks of the slave trade? Do nothing but people with behavior control issues enter the profession whose stated purpose is the control of human and non-human behavior alike? Of course they do!

This is part of the video of their actual skin shock torture in action that ABA fought so hard to conceal from the public. Andre McCollins is screaming. They gave him 31 shocks in one day, allegedly because he refused to remove his coat when they ordered him to take it off. During the trial, when McCollins sued them at JRC, their pro-ABA witness did not know if it was cold in the room, so he told the jury. This is what ABA calls "scientifically effective treatment."



Related links


Altieri (April 17, 2017). ABA Leaks concludes that a direct cause of the "shock treatment" in Chechnya's gay concentration camps is the pseudoscience cult called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Altieri (April 17, 2017). She's speaking again! Jennifer Msumba, ABA skin shock torture victim, reports on her trauma, yet ABA refuses to listen.

Altieri (April 15, 2017). As unbelievable as it sounds, ABA Leaks concludes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that ABA is a direct cause of their well-known extremely painful electric skin shock "treatment" now as we speak on gay victims of the newly-reported Russian concentration camps, the likes of which the world has never seen since Adolph Hitler's mid-Twentieth-Century, white-supremacy, neurotypical, scientifically-genocidal Nazi Party rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, sterilized, and annihilated 6,000,000 gays, disabled people, and all the others.

Altieri (April 6, 2017). Did the Executive Director of Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful electric skin shock "torture" lie to the IRS about possible racial discrimination?

Dawson (February 24, 2017). ABA leaders again welcome the JRC's egregious practices ABAI symposium complete with BACB credits.

Altieri (February 17, 2017). News from 2016 to 2017 shows precisely how violent a place is Canton, Massachusetts' ABA/JRC of extremely painful electric ABA skin shock.

Msumba (February 16, 2017). What are my nightmares about? The JRC.



Altieri (February 16, 2017). The seventh death with Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture" was an unborn baby, allegedly.

Altieri (January 21, 2017). Houston, we have a problem. Dick Malott, ABA "aversive therapy" guru, said he'd painfully skin shock autistics for body rocking.

Msumba (Dec 31, 2016). My life inside the JRC. Skin shock aversives. What it was like.



Altieri (November 8, 2016). Dear Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Skin shock yourselves instead of autistic and gay people and stop calling us "deviants," you control freaks!

Altieri (October 15, 2016). ABA behavior controllers claw their way into the USA National Ass. of School Psychologists (NASP) which calls Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful electric skin shock ABA "torture" "good company" at its annual conventions.

Altieri (August 10, 2016). JRC's Executive Director Crookes told the FDA she put ABA skin shock device electrodes on her clients' buttocks.

Altieri (July 22, 2016). Terri Du Bous, the next emancipated ABA/JRC survivor, speaks.

Altieri (June 28, 2016). The "data" is in. Each and every ABA pseudo-professional completely supports or is complicit to ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock torture.

Altieri (May 4, 2016). The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) sends ABA Leaks a database of 410 severe abuse allegations at Rotenberg in a recent ten-year time span, averaging one charge per every ten days.

Altieri (April 13, 2016). ABAI officially "approved" extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture" once again, after autistic advocates demanded they stop approving it.

Altieri (November 21, 2015). Here's why ABA is a profiteering pseudoscience cult.

Altieri (November 3, 2015). JRC skin shock "torturers" offered ABAers $85,000+ to work in its 2015 so-called "happy environment."

Altieri (October 12, 2015). The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture condemns JRC's ABA electroshock "torture" of autistics and others.



Altieri (September 4, 2015). Please report the JRC of ABA electroshock "torture" to Facebook.

Altieri (July 31, 2015). The FDA gives a 24/7 complaint line to ABA Leaks advocates against extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture": (800) 891-8295. FDA New England requests more public input into Rotenberg Center's FDA-unapproved electric current levels. July 9, 2015. Canton, Massachusetts. Glenda Crookes Executive Director of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA's) extremely painful electric skin shock torture meets ABA Leaks advocates Persico and Rosenthal and says she still shocks her disabled clients with FDA-uncleared devices.

Altieri (June 23, 2015). JRC'sAchilles' heel vulnerability is the truth about ABA's electroshock "torture."

Kosovskaya and Altieri (June 11, 2015). Anna Kosovskaya escapes Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture."

Altieri (May 20, 2015). ABAI officially "approves" the JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock.

Altieri (May 1, 2015). My one day of electric shock was worse than 36 years of antipsychotics, which I happen to enjoy very much, just as many others like me also appreciate them, according to my psychiatrists, while ABA claims its coercive methods are so much better than medicine, which they ain't, not by a long-shot, if you will only listen to all their victims instead of their biased, multibillion-dollar-operation disseminators.

Altieri (February 24, 2015). Please tell New York City Mayor de Blasio to stop ABA electroshock “torture” of disabled people.

Altieri (August 20, 2014). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) condones extremely painful ABA skin shock "torture."

Davies (August 9, 2014). 'Prisoners of the Apparatus." The Judge Rotenberg Center.

Msumba and Werner (Aug 5, 2014). Extended interview with Jennifer Msumba.



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See the rest of this developing ABA Leaks timeline project here.


Altieri (April 29, 2017). ABA has a terrible timeline it will never publish and here it is.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a terrible timeline it will never publish and here it is.


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) always only paints a rosy picture of itself. It completely disregards the emerging body of anecdotal evidence against its cruel and unusually coercive and punitive methods, as it misjudges physically harmless atypical behaviors as its "problems of social importance," such as autistic body rockinghand flapping, and lack of eye contact, as "deviant and stereotypical behaviors," and then it proceeds to "treat" them with doggie treat morsels when we're hungry and any manner of what they call "aversion therapy," including forced ammonia inhalations and extremely painful electric skin shock. Any bona fide scientific system would not deny such crucial, self-reported evidence against its major practices. ABA, therefore, is a pseudoscience that masquerades as a science, which, incidentally, loves to point the finger at cognitive psychology and call that a pseudoscience under the tradition of ABA's high priest, atheist B. F. Skinner, who lambasted what he called "mentalism's fictional explanations of the self-determined, free-will causes of behavior which interfered with the right investigations into the true causes of our responses, the deterministic interaction of the human and non-human organisms with our environments." The preceding quote was a paraphrase of Skinner's actual language found throughout his literature in places such as his (1953/2014) book, Science and Human Behavior.

ABA Leaks has just begun this timeline project. We intend to generate, collect, and place all the reports of ABA-induced trauma for all of ABA to study here in this timeline. If they continue to dismiss them, and not include them in their academic and official analyses, then we then reach out to health insurance companies, to insurance regulators, and to federal and state prosecutors who can then decide whether or not to pursue ABA institutions who have probably been lobbying our elected officials to have ABA insurance reimbursement coverages of their many hours of expensive and intensive, yet ineffective, we claim, interventions, a coverage which the ABA industry has acquired in many USA states.

This, we shall ask law enforcement, has been a major insurance fraud and a massive waste of taxpayer money, as there are non-ABA humane ways to support autistics. ABA claims it helps, falsely, as so we Counter-Controllers conclude after more than ten years of inquiry and investigation and direct experience withe the Controllers. It is important to note here, that we are not criminal attorneys, so we do not know if this is, in fact, a legal insurance fraud, but there's nothing stopping us from asking the prosecutors to make this decision, right? Stay tuned to this page as we mount upon the timeline more reports and videos of actual ABA in practice as well as survivor reports and PTSD victim reports.

ABA Leaks seeks more voluntary contributors and researchers to assist here with this task, please. You will protect the next generation of potential ABA victims, your peers in your group, as we see it. You can be anonymous or not, depending on your desire. You will join the newest baby of movements in the disabled world: the Counter-Controllers to the ABA Controllers. It is incredibly exciting to be involved at this birthing.

If ABA were only about gentle teaching of skills, we'd have no problem with it, as one Counter-Controller and leading JRC skin shock opponent, Chris Stargazer, astutely pointed out. It is not much more than submission training under its attempt to wrestle obedience from independent-minded children and break us of our will, like animal trainers at the circus do.

We have come to know them in depth. To our surprise, as ABA Leaks started this blog in 2007 with the hopes of finding a wealth of opponents to punishment, which Skinner consistently warned the world against. To our dismay, we discovered that not only did ABA completely support punitive techniques, apparently against the Skinner doctrine, but then we retrieved documents that showed Skinner's true colors.

Now we see Skinner only opposed punishment against his typically "well-behaving normal" peers. He was the leader of the movement to shock, torture, and punish any manner of person whom ABA deemed to be "abnormal," including transgendered, gay, autistic, mentally ill, intellectually disabled, senior citizens, inner city youth, and so on and so forth. Should ABA move to punish a healthy adult, that was only with their own power to quit the study.

When ABA punishes a disabled child, that child is not allowed to say "no" to horrific abuse. ABA will claim the child has no wherewithal to give informed consent. "Only the parents can approve or disapprove our behavior plans." What kind of lesson is this to teach a victim? It's wrong to stand up to an abuser?

That's why this blogger offers Reward and Consent (R+C) Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) as an ethical alternative to highly unethical ABA. In somewhat behavioral terms, we justify and explain how to gain the dual consent of parent and child to cognitive behavioral interventions, which is like speaking a foreign language to ABA should you talk to them about it.

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Parents, ask an autistic adult how to help your autistic child with no ABA, please. Barring that, if you insist on ABA, watch and videotape it all, especially Day One of submission training. Ask yourself, would you like it if ABA did that to you? If your child resists, verbally or nonverbally, that means to "stop it now." Fire them on the spot and find a good way to help them. Otherwise, we know, as we are autistic adults, your children will grow up resenting you for allowing such abuse and for hiring them and paying for it. Besides, what a huge waste of your hard-earned, out-of-pocket money. Even if you have insurance, you've got deductibles and co-pays hand over so they can line their ABA pockets.

ABA will want you in a panic over a new diagnosis. Then will even say or imply that they will report you to child protective services if you do not hire them. They use wandering, head-banging, skin-biting, eye-gouging and aggression in their favor to rope you in. However, one of them, who leads the breakaway non-ABA, non-punitive Positive Behavior Support (PBS) profession, Gary LaVigna, BCBA, co-authored the following commentary.

A life-threatening crisis is no opportunity for ABA's behavioral interventions. It is a time for crisis management, which takes on a different set of skills, such as de-escalation, as-gentle-as-possible take downs, and non-mechanical, non-strap, hand-to-hand restraint, but foremost it requires de-escalation and prevention, by professionals trained with these skills. ABA is more about treatment after problems emerge than it is about preventing problems from occurring in the first place and ABA's extremely coercive methods often provoke the very same aggression and escape from their asinine demands that they claim to "treat effectively." ABA will escalate the situation when that is the worst thing to do.

LaVigna and Donnellan (1986, chapter one, footnote one).


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In reverse chronological order, here's the terrible timeline that ABA will never publish in any of its disseminations (propaganda), guaranteed. Day one of the month is added when ABA only publishes the month and year of a report and January 1 is added when we only know the year, as in a book publication.


2017


Altieri (June 6, 2007). This is the Leviticus loophole, the gay men's ticket to heaven, straight out of Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, first Sunday, June, 2017 (including a passage on Reward and Consent's (R+C's) Behavioral Ethics, the ABA Leaks Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) methodology).

Altieri (May 29, 2017). Humpty Dumpty sat in the stall....

Altieri (May 27, 2017). It's late Friday night, early Saturday morning. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is convening in Denver, drunk, no doubt. Who are they do misjudge others?

Altieri (May 23, 2017). Behavior Babe, get out your pen and oppose Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) torture in one of your academic journals, immediately, please, for the sake of your own conscience, Dr. Amanda Kelly, Mrs. or Mr. Popular, self-described "ethical" Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Stafford (May 17, 2017). ADAPT goes to FDA to take on Judge Rotenberg Center.

Altieri (May 13, 2017). B. F. Skinner, high priest of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), generally opposed coercive punishment, but only for whom he called "normal" people, while he favored extremely painful electric skin shock, "ABA aversives therapy" torture, for whom he would call "abnormal deviants."

Altieri (May 1, 2017). Denver. May 25-29, 2017. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) annual convention officially "approves" extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock torture once again, after autistic advocates have told them year after year they must stop approving it. Is all ABA deaf, dumb, and blind?

Adams (April 25, 2017). Why hasn't FDA passed ban on medical device used at Massachusetts facility to shock students with disabilities?

Altieri (April 19, 2017). ABA Leaks catches ABA's bad behavior red-handed. Two massive ABA networks fight. Dude calls it a "hostile takeover." Ha!

Altieri (April 17, 2017). ABA Leaks concludes that a direct cause of the "shock treatment" in Chechnya's gay concentration camps is the pseudoscience cult called ABA.

Altieri (April 17, 2017). She's speaking again. Jennifer Msumba, ABA skin shock torture victim, reports on her trauma, yet ABA refuses to listen.

Altieri (April 15, 2017). As unbelievable as it sounds, ABA Leaks concludes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that ABA is a direct cause of their well-known extremely painful electric skin shock "treatment" now as we speak on gay victims of the newly-reported Russian concentration camps, the likes of which the world has never seen since Adolph Hitler's mid-Twentieth-Century, white-supremacy, neurotypical, scientifically-genocidal Nazi Party rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, sterilized, and annihilated 6,000,000 gays, disabled people, and all the others.

Altieri (April 15, 2017). ABA Leaks finds that the best way to educate autistic and disabled children is to home school them in groups with other home schooling families with absolutely no cruel and unusually coercive ABA behavior modifications.

Kandaswamy and Altieri (April 9, 2017). The Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience said, "The time has come to stop forcing (ABA) on the autistic child."

Altieri (April 6, 2017). Did the Executive Director of Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of ABA extremely painful electric skin shock torture lie to the IRS about possible racial discrimination?

Altieri (March 18, 2017). ABA did it to gays. They still do it to autistics. We call it false behavioral conversion therapy. It causes us Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), indisputably.

Altieri (March 11, 2017). B. F. Skinner's Utopian dream of a planet-wide, mass-scale, Plato's behavior modification Republic, as dictated, not by a philosopher king, as Plato planned, but by an elite class of his wolf-in-sheep-clothes Behavior Analyst followers, is materializing.

Dawson (February 24, 2017). ABA leaders again welcome the Judge Rotenberg Center's egregious practices ABAI symposium complete with BACB credits.

Altieri (February 20, 2017). B. F. Skinner made scientific discoveries, but Sigmund Freud did not, according to a reading of Karl Popper, philosopher of science. Nevertheless, Skinner was cruel, in subtle ways.

Altieri (February 20, 2017). J. Edgar Hoover, our Dad, and I are the worst of the rotten apples.

Altieri (February 17, 2017). News from 2016 to 2017 shows precisely how violent a place is Canton, Massachusetts' ABA Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful electric ABA skin shock.

Msumba (February 16, 2017). What are my nightmares about? The Judge Rotenberg Center (ABA's JRC).



Altieri (February 16, 2017). The seventh death with Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture was an unborn baby, allegedly.

Altieri (February 7, 2017). Who runs Disability Scoop? Why do they support the skin shock torturers, the pseudoscience cult known as ABA?

Altieri (January 28, 2017). Here's a review of pro-ABA Temple Grandin's (1984): "My experiences as an autistic child and review of selected literature."

Altieri (January 28, 2017). A monkey falls off the monkey bars to become a proud schizophrenic.

Altieri (January 27, 2017). A harmless schizophrenic man with paranoia in remission sees Donald Trump's rambling CIA speech and calls him a dangerous, provocative, grandiose, paranoid sociopath with religious pathology.

Altieri (January 24, 2017). Aktion Mensch defunds ABA programs in Germany.

Altieri (January 21, 2017). Houston, we have a problem. Dick Malott, "aversive therapy" guru, said he'd painfully skin shock autistics for body rocking.

Unumb (January 1, 2017). Autism $peak$ (A$$) Self-Funded Employer Tool Kit. [Attorney for A$$ teaches parents how to lobby for ABA reimbursement insurance coverage.]

2016


Msumba (Dec 31, 2016). My life inside the Judge Rotenberg Center (ABA's JRC). Skin shock aversives. What it was like.



Altieri (November 24, 2016). An actually autistic man defines and explains ABA.

Altieri (November 13, 2016). Is sociopath Trump as pathologically paranoid as I was? Did HE hack the vote he insisted Clinton "rigged?"

Altieri (November 8, 2016). Dear Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs): Skin shock yourselves instead of autistic people and stop calling us "deviants," you control freaks!

Altieri (October 15, 2016). ABA behavior controllers claw their way into the USA National Ass. of School Psychologists (NASP) which calls Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful electric skin shock ABA torture "good company" at its annual conventions.

Oakdown and Altieri (September 26, 2016). Autistic Cassandra Oakdown, 19, reports forced behavior modification normality with buckets of cold water splashed in their face.

Altieri (August 29, 2016). The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere [Israel over Palestine] is a threat to justice everywhere [to us actually autistic and us actually schizophrenic people]."

Altieri (August 11, 2016). The Journal of Absurd Behavior Analysis (JABA 2,1) asks, "Would you punish yourself for slouching with the electromechanical noisy garment apparatus or with the toilet bowl plunger perched on your head inside the pick-it-up-by-yourself operant?"

Altieri (August 10, 2016). Judge Rotenberg Center's (JRC's) Executive Director Crookes told the FDA she put ABA skin shock device electrodes on her clients' buttocks.

Altieri (July 14, 2016). Dear FBI bozos and fellow autistic Hoya (Georgetown) leader, Lydia Brown: Let's shape Autism $peak$ (A$$) with Skittles.

Altieri (July 22, 2016). Terri Du Bous, the next emancipated ABA Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) survivor, speaks.

Altieri (June 28, 2016). The "data" is in. Each and every ABA pseudo-professional completely supports or is complicit to ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock torture. Prerequisite argument: ABA is very different from Positive Behavior Support (PBS) despite some overlapping.

Altieri (May 9, 2016). The ARC, formerly the Ass. for Retarded Citizens, promotes abusive ABA programs and barges into autism territory where it does not belong.

Altieri (May 5, 2016). Massachusetts charges Eagleton School staff, which uses ABA, with abuse and revokes its license.

Altieri (May 4, 2016). The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) sends ABA Leaks a database of 410 severe abuse allegations at Rotenberg in a recent ten-year time span, averaging one charge per ten days.

Altieri (April 23, 2016). Here's Reward and Consent's (R+C's) Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) amended Serenity Prayer.

Altieri (April 15, 2016). Here's some history, ethics, politics, behavior analysis, technology, and trends of the new BUYcott consumer movement.

Altieri (April 13, 2016). The Ass. for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) officially "approved" extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture once again, after autistic advocates demanded they stop approving it.

Altieri (March 31, 2016). ABA is abuse. Reward and Consent's (R+C's) Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) method is a viable alternative. It uses dual parent AND child consent.

Altieri (January 22, 2016). [Post-publication-date article title addendum: "I was wrong to praise them."] United Kingdom Positive Behavior Support (PBS) advocates shun ABA skin shock pain.

Astrid Âû (January 15, 2016). Game of quiet hands.

Astrid Âû' (January 15, 2016). Compliance and the journey in hell.

Anon Boy, His Anon Mom, and Altieri (January 7, 2016). A smart schoolboy says Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is bad to him and his friends.

2015


Altieri (December 9, 2015). ABA forces a young boy to play. How ethical is this?

Altieri (November 21, 2015). Here's why ABA is a profiteering pseudoscience cult.

Altieri (November 3, 2015). Aversives-addicted ABA electro-shockers are on trial against Positive Behavior Support (PBS) non-punishers (theoretically, because PBS punishes in practice).

Altieri (November 3, 2015). Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) skin shock torturers offered ABAers $85,000+ to work in its 2015 so-called "happy environment."

Altieri (October 12, 2015). The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture condemns Judge Rotenberg Center's (JRC's) ABA electroshock torture of autistics and others.

Altieri (October 9, 2015). Repetitive ABA drills prevent autistic learning.

Rae (October 5, 2015). Training by repetition actually prevents learning for those with autism.

Altieri (September 9, 2015). ABA is highly unethical.

Altieri (September 4, 2015). Please report the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of ABA electroshock torture to Facebook.

Altieri (July 31, 2015). The FDA gives a 24/7 complaint line to ABA Leaks advocates against extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture: (800) 891-8295. FDA New England requests more public input into Rotenberg Center's FDA-unapproved electric current levels. July 9, 2015. Canton, Massachusetts. Glenda Crookes Executive Director of ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock torture meets ABA Leaks advocates Persico and Rosenthal and says she still shocks her disabled clients with FDA-uncleared devices.

Altieri (June 23, 2015). Judge Rotenberg Center's Achilles' heel vulnerability is the truth about ABA's electroshock torture.

Kosovskaya and Altieri (June 11, 2015). Anna Kosovskaya escapes Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture.

Altieri (May 20, 2015). The Ass. for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) officially "approves" the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock.

Altieri (May 1, 2015). My one day of electric shock was worse than 36 years of antipsychotics, which I happen to enjoy very much, just as many others like me also appreciate them, according to my psychiatrists, while ABA claims its coercive methods are so much better than medicine, which they ain't, not by a long-shot, if you will only listen to all their victims instead of their biased, multibillion-dollar-operation disseminators.

Kelly et al. (April 25, 2015). Effects of pre-session pairing on the challenging behavior and academic responding of children with autism. "The relationship between an instructor and a student is established when the instructor is consistently paired with the delivery of reinforcers (p. 137). [This is how she gets her experimental autistic subjects to like her. We can imagine she makes sure she's standing right next to them, cornered in their seats, while they're eating the lollypops she permits them to have, when they're hungry, for ABA knows that food doesn't function as a behavior control tool when we're full.]

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Altieri (April 6, 2015). A so-called "deviant autistic child" becomes a multibillion dollar benefactor of ABA. Not.

Altieri (April 2, 2015). Hey! Listen up, all you loud-mouth ABAers. I was ignoring you first. So there. See how you like them apples.

Altieri (March 31, 2015). Is it childhood Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)? No. It's adulthood Unreasonable Demand Disorder (UDD).

Altieri (March 15, 2015). Let's simply BUYcott non-GMO products instead of boycotting GMO.

Altieri (February 26, 2015). B. F. Skinner made costly mistakes in his Behavioral Ethics leadership.

Altieri (February 24, 2015). Please tell New York City Mayor de Blasio to stop ABA electroshock torture of disabled people.

Altieri (January 24, 2015). ABA fails again, as always. It won't even acknowledge, let alone accept, a peace offering from an ABA survivor.

Altieri (October 23, 2014). The Journal of Absurd Behavior Analysis (JABA 1,1) asks, "How do unclad feet affect floor dirtiness?"

2014


Altieri (October 15, 2014). A seven year inquiry into ABA finds ethics problems of massive proportions.

Altieri (September 30, 2014). The notions of absolute and relative freedom have some history and consequence.

Altieri (September 27, 2014). Cable guy avoids more bumps on the head.

Altieri (September 12, 2014). A new ethics code will bind Behavior Analysts' behaviors on January 1, 2016.

Miller (April 13, 2014). JRC FDA Petition by Greg Miller.



Altieri (August 20, 2014). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) condones extremely painful ABA skin shock torture.

Davies (August 9, 2014). “Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center.

Msumba and Werner (Aug 5, 2014). Extended interview with Jennifer Msumba.




Altieri (April 23, 2014). How necessary is the analysis of autistic behavior?

Altieri (April 20, 2014). Here's an Easter letter to my family about guardian angels, theory of science, and our wonderful mother, Mrs. Cornelia Altier.

Schaber (February 27, 2014). Ask an autistic # 5. What is ABA? What is the purpose of ABA therapy? Is ABA good for Autistic children? Is there a link between ABA and PTSD? What's the alternative? Answers to all of these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic! "...The use of operant conditioning on children, especially on autistic children, is, to me, sickening.... ABA is all about making autistic children look as neurotypical as possible.... ABA therapy is really shallow. Not teaching them how to grow and thrive as an autistic person in a neurotypical world, but to make them look normal. So much ABA therapy focuses on things like table readiness, you know, sitting perfectly still, on not stimming, on behaviors that are just misunderstood, and never at any point in the history of ABA did anybody think to ask an autistic person why they stim, what is going on with them, what they would like to be learning... Now we're moving in the direction where we're understanding autism better through asking autistic people about it... Behaviorism really just relies on the observations of neurotypical researchers and doctors.... What may seem simply bothersome or strange looking to you, like hand-flapping, is necessary and an important self-regulation tool to autistic children. Anecdotally, it's quite sad, but the use of consequences and punishment and rewards for 'doing it right" in ABA therapy can lead to some severe mental and emotional issues for children who later become mentally and emotionally damaged autistic adults; because what you're teaching children through ABA therapy is that who they are is wrong and bad and that the way that they move is shameful and needs to be changed. See ABA therapy doesn't focus on helping the autistic child, working with their autism. In ABA when you're learning skills like 'point to the blue card' or 'don't stim,' those aren't skills that are going to help an autistic child later on in life...." [ABA Leaks agrees with Schaber that the entire history of ABA never once asked autistic people what we think about our own lives, however she is not explaining ABA properly or completely, even though she does grasp the idea of consequence in itself. See Pavlov (1927) and Skinner (1938) editorial comments below. ABA includes both classical and operant conditioning, not just operant, as she says, and the contingencies ABA assesses and manipulates consist of the Antecedents, the Behaviors, and the Consequences (ABCs), not just the consequence manipulations she limits herself to. In addition, when she says that the autistic child is the operant, she misses the boat. The child is the organism or the subject involved in the operant conditioning, which involves the behavioral "operation" of the organism upon the environment though action and then, in turn, the environmental consequences, the addition or removal of appetitive or aversive stimuli and events, affect the child's behavior strength. ABA almost always uses the rate of behavior as the indicator of strength, although, for example, latency, or a quick response post antecedent can indicate more strength than a more delayed reaction. So the notion of the operant is more complex than the equation of the child with the word "operant." However, on the ethical side, and that is much more important than the scientific understanding of ABA, from our perspective, she lambasts ABA and pro-ABA quite effectively, and yet diplomatically in her soft-spoken way. It was wonderful to hear her analysis once again. The TRUTH about ABA will bankrupt them in the end. She finishes with an astute discussion of the PTSD which ABA provokes and denies they provoke, to their own peril, it shall be. Dave Altieri]




2013

Altieri (May 7, 2013). This is the Behavioral Ethics speech I gave our Mom Cornelia Altier's friends and family at her funeral reception.

2012

Moran (November 29, 2012). Harsh discipline is schools across the country.



Wyatt et al. (August 7, 2012). Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Judge Rotenberg Center, private special education school program review. Report of findings.

Anonymous (March 6, 2012). Personal contact information dox of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture" personnel. Some JRC employees' and donors' home phone numbers, home addresses, home property values, and email addresses.

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Cat (May 27, 2012). The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) protest with the Seattle Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN).

Beaudet (April 24, 2012). Rotenberg trial ends with settlement; former student's mom vows to keep fighting.



Beaudet (April 23, 2012). Jury gets Rotenberg case, must decide whether shocks were treatment.



Beaudet (April 20, 2012). JRC expert admits shocks didn't work, but says damage was minimal.



Beaudet (April 19, 2012). Shocked teen was cared for, school says.



Beaudet (April 18, 2012). Gov. Patrick supports shock ban, legislation so far has stalled in House.



Beaudet (April 17, 2012). Restraints needed for safety, doc says.



Beaudet (April 13, 2012). Son not the same since shocks, mom says.



Beaudet (April 12, 2012). Staff at shock school tried to help teen, lawyers say.



Beaudet (April 11, 2012). Shocks given at Rotenberg Center were "harming" autistic teen, expert testifies.



Beaudet (April 10, 2012). Graphic video of teen being restrained, shocked played in court.



Beaudet (April 8, 2012). State raised concerns at shock school trial of youth and shocked to start Monday.



2011


Altieri (August 20, 2011). This is how to gain the consent of the recipients of behavioral interventions.

Altieri (August 14, 2011). Here's a history of ABA's operant conditioning experiments on non-disabled adult populations.

Altieri (August 1, 2011). A token economy can change teacher behaviors rather than students?

Altieri (July 18, 2011). ABA punished slouching with noise.

Altieri (July 15, 2011). ABA did its extremely painful electric skin shock to cigarette smokers.

2010


Hinman, Brown (June 30, 2010). The U. N. calls shock treatment at Mass. school torture.



Ahern, Rosenthal (April 30, 2010). Torture not treatment: Electric shock and long-term restraint in the United States on children and adults with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center: Urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture presented by Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI).

2009


Dawson (May 17, 2009). Saving autistics and the world: Skin shock at the 2009 ABA convention.

Altieri (April 11, 2009). The Guernsey (March 3, 2009) New York Times article that put "Rewards for Students Under a Microscope" presents a worthwhile report of the debate among educators and psychologists on the merits of school incentive systems such as paying children to do good work.

Dawson (January 26, 2009). The origins of ABA-based autism interventions.

2008


Altieri (July 21, 2008). Why can't we have a marriage of ethics and behavioral sciences?

2007


Altieri (December 27, 2007). In the Matter of M. R. the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that people with disabilities have the legal right to self-determination.

Bobitech et al. (March 3, 2007). Massachusetts Department of Education: Judge Rotenberg Educational Center: Private special education school program review. Report of findings.

Altieri (March 4, 2007). The first issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) set the stage for ABA's long-term, highly-unethical behavior.

Altieri (February 6, 2007). Parents, it's okay to reward your children when they do their homework, if that works and they like it.

Altieri (January 19, 2007). B. F. Skinner studied squirrels and ants before he discovered the extinction curve with lab rats.

Altieri (January 19, 2007). Teachers, there's no need for punishment and correction to gain hand-raising during calm, peaceful classroom management.

Altieri (January 18, 2007). Stop retaliation against "bad" behavior. Don't reward it in the first place.

Altieri (January 15, 2007). Here's the problem with punishment.

2004


Dawson (January 18, 2004). The misbehavior of the behaviorists: Ethical challenges to the autism-ABA industry.

1999


1a. King, King (December 24, 1999). An open letter to families considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for their child with autism. Part 1. [Wayback machine date.]

1b. King, King (December 24, 1999). An open letter to families considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for their child with autism. Part 1. [Authors named.]

2a. King, King (December 24, 1999). An open letter to families considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for their child with autism. Part 2. [Wayback machine date.]

2b. King, King (December 24, 1999). An open letter to families considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for their child with autism. Part 2. [Authors named.]

3. Anon (December 24, 1999). Black and blue, restraint marks, nightmares, depression. "Our child was enrolled in an Applied Behavioral Analysis program at our local University. He started when he was three and a half. The psychologist said he could cure him in two years then he would go to regular elementary school. Little did we know we were starting the nightmare of his and our lives. Our child was subjected to hours of pointless tasks for the next three years. We were duped into believing that ABA was the only road to recovery for children with autism. So we kept him there.... All in the name of research."

4. Anon (December 24, 1999). Forced to stand for however long. "By the second month of his so-called kindergarten we were told our son needed a Behavior Management Plan. We were alright with that, except that the reason for this plan was due to him refusing to take naps. This was a sore spot with us because we had already requested numerous times that our hyperactive child not be forced to take naps. This would interfere with his bedtime which would in turn effected his behavior during the school day.... Their idea of basket hold was putting the child in a cushioned chair with a teacher or aide behind the chair with their arms around my son's chest and holding him that way.... She would put the papers he was to do on his desk, tell him to do his work, and walk away. He would then be punished if he didn't get all of his work done by having his chair removed and forced to stand for how ever long the teacher thought was sufficient. I know this because I have walked in the classroom and seen it myself with not only my child, but others as well.... We also began to notice our son was fighting us every morning when it was time to get ready for school. Added on top of this, was his constant refusal to go to school. He consistently told us "NO" all the way to school every morning. This behavior was starting to worry us because he was so adamant about it. We also noticed that there were no more notes coming home from the teacher saying how he did that day or even what he did each day. The color coded behavior charts begun at the beginning of the year also ceased to exist. If we didn't go inside and pump the teacher for information, we never knew how things were going.... One time in particular I walked in and found him sitting in the "time-out cave" crying. When I asked what he did to be put in time out I was told he wouldn't do his work and was being fussy. As soon as the teacher let him get up he came running to me putting my hand over his ear and kept saying "OUCH". It was not hard to understand that his ear was hurting. You could also tell by just touching the child that he was running a fever. I informed this so-called teacher and the aide that he was burning up and he was complaining of his ear and all they had to say was "Well, they never thought about that!". I have told them on many occasions that if our son became a problem or was ill to just call me. I was always home, I am a stay-at-home mom. But I never once received one phone call from that place, but yet arrived many times to find my child ill.... She told us that every one of these "take downs" were done because our son would not lay down for nap time, something we had vehemently protested to from the very beginning. If you haven't noticed by now, the parents' wishes and desires for how their children are treated and taught do NOT matter to the staff or administration at this school.... The teachers and aides also would take the kids food and throw it away for insignificant reasons such as they wanted to eat their dessert first or they would not keep their napkins in their laps while eating (the principal's pet peeve). Now this too explained our son's behavior when he would come home and eat everything he could find. The child was starving and he was not the only child behaving this way at the school. We find it hard to believe that these are acceptable teaching/punishment methods for disabled children."

5. Anon (December 24, 1999). Now she cries uncontrollably. "My daughter is 11. A loving, warm, non-verbal child, with autism. She also has what I now firmly believe is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following a year of intense discrete trials and restraints [ABA]. She has been wrapped in a blanket and forced to carry the blanket with her through out her schooling. She has been basket hold restrained, and placed in a prone take-down 2 person restraint in order to allow a consultant to determine if the classroom staff could do the move on a child her size. She has been forced to 'work through tantrums' hand over hand, and finally was basket hold restrained and forced to work through a 'tantrum' by a strange male consultant. Now she is hysterical and cries uncontrollably whenever she goes near the school. This morning she 'went off' upon being coaxed out of bed, and refused to leave her room. Why is she somehow considered less human because of her disability? Why do the protections afforded other children under the law not apply to her? Why did I let any of this happen? What part of 'help me' did none of us understand? Thank you for being here, and I pray the message is heard."

6. Anon (December 24, 1999). Our real nightmare: extinction. "Why is an autistic child treated like they do not have any emotions? Trying mechanically to break them out of their world? ... At 5 years old we placed our son in a very behaviorally based autistic program. This is where our real nightmare began. Our son underwent a year and a half of abusive treatment emotionally and physically. Our son was taught by discrete trials. He began exhibiting self injurious behaviors. He was made to repeat a task over and over again when he clearly couldn't and did not want to do the tasks. He would scream, hit himself in the head, bite himself and complete the task all at the same time. The professionals told my husband and I that if we addressed this behavior he would end up in a head helmet and restraints and be completely uncontrollable. They spoke of the treatment of "extinction." A "Lovaas" based treatment that helped many children. The torture continued. The staff of the school would count how many times my son hit himself in a day and their only goal was for him to complete the task and not to let him get any attention for the noncompliance.... One day it finally hit us and we marched in the school and let everyone know exactly how we felt. Some of the staff were in tears. Some denied any wrong doing. Needless to say, we removed Anthony from the school. It took 3 months of sitting with Anthony at a table while he screamed any time we even tried to play with him or do anything school related. He was so abused and traumatized. We sat and sat with him. He had no trust left. We tried another school where we put in his IEP that he was not allowed to hit himself. The staff failed again by forcing him to do things that he was uncomfortable with and instead of letting him hit himself they would restrain him, telling me that they couldn't control him. My son has been home schooled for 9 months by a wonderful teacher. I don't think we will ever put Anthony back in a school again. He is severely traumatized by what happened to him. He has made so much progress. He lives with the trauma but is so very happy now. He has not injured himself in 9 months."

7. South African mother (December 24, 1999). There are wonderful, caring professionals and caregivers in all societies. We need their testimonies against abusive colleagues to help protect our children. "From the very beginning we felt uncomfortable with its cold, clinical atmosphere. Autism was never discussed with us, nor any of the bizarre methods of punishment openly used. Our consent to use it was never requested, nor given. When we queried it, we were assured that it was internationally approved Behavior Modification techniques. When we requested them to stop its use with our son, we were ignored. Our refusal to re-enforce it at home earned us the label of difficult, uncooperative parents. Our ignorance and trust were violated at the time when we were emotionally not able to retaliate hard enough. The following punishment was not only used as a last resort to curb violence or aggression, but for any minor or insignificant transgression. The behavior of the autistic child was continually targeted instead of the child 's inability to communicate. My son was even restrained on the floor when he was ill. His teacher's response was that sick children also needed to behave. Another teacher kindly assured me that these methods would have devastating psychological effects on a normal child, but that autistic children suffered no such side effects. Floor restraints used can last for up to 3 hours. Children are held face down with their arms pinned behind their backs, or they are laid down on their backs with their arms pinned above their heads. In both instances they are straddled by at least one, but sometimes more, staff members. This position is maintained until the child calms down and complies.... Children are tied to their chairs for refusing to sit or when they are becoming very hyperactive. Whilst I sympathize with staff who sometimes need to cope without the necessary Aides, I believe that authorities need expert advice on its use and need to provide more human resources. I have often seen children tied down in chairs for hours. Sometimes they simply walk with the chair still tied to them. A witness told me that her son's hands were even tied behind his back, while he was tied to a chair, to force him to lick a lollipop. She has since removed her son from the school.... Cold showers were suggested to me as a means of potty training my son, which I obviously refused to do. Cold showers are used to punish children who wet or soil themselves, or for those who smear feces. It is also used to subdue difficult behavior. We once witnessed a hysterical 10-year old boy being carried to the hostel by two male staff members for a cold shower to calm him down. The school principal states in a letter to the Human Rights Commission that "the staff has to clean up the mess" and that there is no point in rewarding a child with a nice warm shower. He accuses us of having no empathy with the situation.... There are wonderful, caring professionals and caregivers in all societies. We need their testimonies against abusive colleagues to help protect our children. It will never stop as long as colleagues protect one another instead of the disabled person placed in their care by trusting but ignorant parents. It is not only a violation of our children's rights, but also of ours. My son was placed with a new teacher at the beginning of 1999. His behavior has improved so much. He is once again calm and happy and has made other progress as well. A simple thank you to this teacher hardly seems adequate."

8. Anon (December 24, 1999). This caused our daughter to go catatonic. "The next year of school our daughter was given [ABA] Discrete Trial Training [DTT] for a whole year. She was isolated all day doing this and made to do things over and over again. She would become violent and I would have to go to the school to get her. She was taught things that a young preschool child would be taught not a 14 year old at the time. (My daughter was taught her ABC's when she finished 5th grade work and received A's from being mainstreamed.) This finally caused our daughter to go catatonic on us and stay in a depression that lasted over 5 months. (A severe depression that with our support she came out of)."

9. Anon (December 24, 1999). Tied to a chair. "Now, try to imagine my shock when I arrived at my daughter's pre-school class to pick her up after school and was informed by her teachers that they had restrained her in a chair because she wouldn't cooperate with their requests. The chair was pointed out to me. It was a wooden, high back chair, no padding, with approx. 6 or 8 belt like straps strategically placed for restraining.... She pulled my daughter off my leg and walked away with her screaming and grabbing for me. I reluctantly left, but I figured this teacher has been doing this for years and probably knows what she is talking about. I could hear my daughter's screams continuing as I left the school. Those screams still haunt me.... At the end of the day I couldn't wait to pick my daughter up, afraid that she cried the whole time she was there. But when I arrived, she was scribbling on some paper and seemed very content. I thought, maybe I had just overreacted. The teacher told me that each day would get easier for my daughter, this type of reaction was normal. Things didn't get easier. Each day progressively got worse. My daughter's behaviors at home became more aggressive and violent. Her sleep pattern was completely off. I brought my concerns up to her teacher. The teacher's response was, 'Well, maybe there are problems at home, because your daughter doesn't act that way here.' ... The reports that I was getting from the teacher and the school staff didn't meet up to what we knew about our daughter. They said that she would play with the other children. We knew that wasn't true. They said that she was interacting and taking turns during their circle time. Again we knew our child well enough to know that was absolutely false. We started to get reports from the teacher and teacher's aide, that they had to restrain my daughter because of her behaviors. At that point I assumed that they were using a professionally approved restraint method. I didn't think to ask. That's my fault. My daughter started to wet her pants at school. (She had never wet her pants before). I was told that she was wetting her pants when the speech therapist tried to work with her. It got to the point that we knew every time the speech therapist worked with her. She came home with wet pants. I asked the teacher why she was wetting her pants every time the speech therapist worked with my daughter. I was told that the therapist had to restrain her because she wouldn't do what she was asked. This continued and I started becoming more aggressive and wanting answers. I asked them to change the therapists techniques. They told me to just send more clothes. One day I went to pick my daughter up after school, and again her pants were wet. I told the teacher that this was getting out of hand. My daughter had started wetting her pants at home now, and her behaviors were becoming out of control. I will never forget this one....... The teacher looked at me and said, 'I was told by the Director of Special Ed, that they need a copy of your child's adoption records to prove that the adoption is final.' (I had never told the teacher that my children were adopted. That we kept to ourselves for the privacy of my children). I told her that adoption records were court sealed documents and I would be damned if they ever saw a copy of them. Things from there just got worse. My daughter came home home one day throwing up playground pebbles and had more then a handful in her pants. They had been there awhile, because they had rubbed her raw. The schools response. 'We can't watch what every child puts in their mouth or pants when they are on the playground.'"

10. Anon, Anon (December 24, 1999). Total personality change. "After going over [ABA] ABC sheets meant for his doctor I found that they had been restraining him since November.... The school had also video taped our son without our permission. I was able to obtain the tapes one of which is edited. In it you can see the aide digging her fingers into the pressure points on his shoulders, holding him in a chair. After an edited area on the tape you can see our son exhibiting extreme anxiety--to a degree we have never seen before.... We are trying to find a pro bono lawyer to represent us in hearing.... The reason for the response from our son is the teacher's, principal's, etc., unreasonable insistence of total control and compliance. When they would try to force him to do the discrete trials and ABA, he would respond and eventually it became any time they tried to get him to do anything."

11. Bowden (December 24, 1999). Multiple bruises on her body. "Abbie began to come home from school with multiple bruises on her body, red rashes on her face and scratches and cuts. Her home health aide nurse documented all of this.... Right now I am trying to figure out what exactly the teacher was doing in the videos. Many people think it was some sort of version of something called ABA. According to my research there may be some link to this and the use of restraints. The teacher in question and the Special Needs Director said this program and what they were doing with my child has a link to a well-known school that is considered an expert in the field of ABA."

1994


Chung (March 3, 1994). Eye to eye with Connie Chung. Segments on the Behavior Research Institute which uses non traditional means to treat behavior problems in children.

Chung (March 3, 1994) in Ahern, Rosenthal (2010 pp. cover, i, iii). JRC "child face-down on a four-point restraint board attached to electric shock device."


Chung (March 3, 1994) in Ahern, Rosenthal (2010 pp. i, iii). JRC "child restrained at waist, arms, chest, groin, and feet in isolation room."


Chung (March 3, 1994) in Ahern, Rosenthal (2010 pp. i, iii). JRC's "leg cuffs used to restrain children in chairs."


Israel, Marsh (April 19, 1994). Patent. Apparatus for administering electrical aversive stimulus and associated method.

1985


Kahn (November 26, 1985). Dr. Hurt. The aversive therapist and his painful record.

Deitz (October 17, 1985). Psychologist B. F. Skinner comes to defense of autistic center leader.

1974


Rekers, Lovaas (June 1, 1974). Behavioral treatment of deviant sex-role behaviors in a male child.

1971


Kircher, Pear, Martin (September 1, 1971). Shock as punishment in a picture-naming task with retarded children.

1968


Bear, Wolf, Risley (March 1, 1968). Some current dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA Leaks abstract: Set the technological standards for the ABA era to come. Cited in 3192 academic papers (as of May 21, 2017). Explicitly valued heterosexuality, thus implicitly devaluing homosexuality (p. 96).

Risley (March 1, 1968). The effects and side effects of punishing the autistic behaviors of a deviant child. ABA Leaks abstract: ABA trend-setter from Baer, Wolf, Risley (1968) skin shocked "subject S, a six-year old girl who was hyperactive and exhibited bizarre behaviors" because she climbed on the family furniture. In lieu of torture, he could have bolted the bookshelf to the wall, removed it from the home, put monkey bars on the property, and train her to be a gymnast. Instead humane treatment, he deemed her climbing up the precious family furniture to be a "problem of social importance" and claimed he had successfully and effectively treated the problem. There is no followup report on this case to see if he really did keep her off the furniture over the long-term. This is typical of ABA articles which do single-subject, short-term case studies, claim success, and then that's the end of the report. ABA Leaks would like to meet actual survivors of any of ABA's academic studies to see how they felt about the attempted behavior modifications and to learn how their stories really did turn out. We conducted one more interview recently but decided to wait on the blog report because the victim has contacted an attorney to see about suing the institution that tortured him. Altieri (May 21, 2017).

1967


Boring and Lindzey (January 1, 1967). B. F. Skinner declared his atheism, as compiled by Gaylor (retrieved May 23, 2017 from Freedom From Religion Foundation). "My Grandmother Skinner made sure that I understood the concept of hell by showing me the glowing bed of coals in the parlor stove. In a traveling magician's show I saw a devil complete with horns and barbed tail, and I lay awake all that night in an agony of fear. Miss Graves (a teacher), though a devout Christian, was liberal. She explained, for example, that one might interpret the miracles in the Bible as figures of speech... Within a year I had gone to Miss Graves to tell her that I no longer believed in God. 'I know,' she said, 'I have been through that myself.' But her strategy misfired: I never went through it." [So then why are there so many faithful Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu behavior analysts? ABA Leaks witnesses this in their Facebook and Twitter profiles, by their own admissions. Do they pray on the Sabbath and reject their faith during the work week, as Peter denied he knew Jesus three times as the cock crowed as Jesus predicted he would? The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (Fourth Edition Task List, III, FK-03, Determinism) requires their ABAers to act as though freedom were a delusion, as they must "behave in accordance with the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis" and follow Skinner's radical behavioral determinism, his stubborn and short-sited denial of the existence of freedom and free will. This stems from his atheism. The notion of free will stems from Catholicism and before. Of course, atheists, agnostics, and unitarians are justified in arguing that extremists oppose one another's religions and sects while their same-faith moderates are complicit in their silences over their own orthodox fundamentalist hatreds and intolerances, who all say to their foes, we're right and you're wrong, with sabers rattling and battle axes drawn, or else they charge and draw blood, as in the Medieval European battles between Protestants and Catholics and the lopsided war between overpowering Israel and protesting Palestine and as George Bush II (September 17, 2001) declared he was on a "(religious) crusade" against terrorist and issued his preemptive strike on Iraq, who did nothing to provoke us, despite his claims to the contrary. See also Altieri (September 30, 2014) and Skinner (January 1, 1971/1976).]

1965


Grant (May 7, 1965). Screams, slaps, and love. A surprising shocking treatment helps far-gone mental cripples.

1961


Breland and Breland (November 1, 1961). The misbehavior of organisms.

1949


Fuller (October 1, 1949). Operant conditioning of a vegetative human organism. [First known case of what would become ABA coercions upon people.]

1938


Skinner (January 1, 1938). The behavior of organisms. [Food deprived rat experiments and paw slaps. Tinkerer Skinner's first book covering his operant conditioning discoveries. The electromechanical "operant conditioning chamber" contained a stylus moving up a pip with each lever press as reinforced with morsel of grain to underweight (hungry) lab rats which drew a behavior curve of response over unit of time on a large sheet of paper mounted on a slowly revolving drum with each lever press triggering the mechanical operation of a food delivery system, while the sound of the system preceded the food. It came to be called the "Skinner box" although he claimed he did not select that name himself.] As opposed to the simultaneous pairing of stimuli in Pavlov's classical conditioning, the Skinner's operant conditioning was sequential. The "organism" operated on the environment which immediately produced a consequence, the independent variable (cause) the addition or subtraction of aversive or appetitive stimuli or events which caused a an increase of decrease in the subsequent rate of behavior, the dependent variable (effect), which he used as a sign of behavior strength under which the entire body, and not just the brain, had learned. This combination of conditioning techniques forms the basis of all ABA as we know it today. However, ABA Leaks argues that just because we know how to drop an atomic bomb, that does not mean that we ought to do it, as so it goes with these behavioral machinations. That's why ABAers are known to divorce quickly. Behavior control is unnecessarily a way of life for them, barren of dignity, freedom, ethics, and decency, like a clock with the hands of clock the hands of the Controllers.

1927


Pavlov (January 1, 1927). Conditioned reflexes. An investigation of the physiological activity of the cerebral cortex. [Pavlov cut holes in dog's cheeks to collect and measure their drippings of saliva. Then he showed them meat and rang a tone or a metronome together. Dogs salivated to the pairing. Then he withdrew the meat and sounded the tone. Dogs salivated to the tone, while it had been a neutral stimulus with relation to saliva, under this classical conditioning, pairing stimuli together to simultaneously gain an effect, subsequently the tone would become the conditioned stimulus.]

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