Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience said, "The time has come to stop forcing Applied Behavior Analysis on the autistic child."

In the Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience, 2016, Vol. 7, No. 3, article entitled "The neurological damage caused by repetitive behavior modification based therapies and the myth of 'Early Intensive Intervention' in autism," Kandaswamy (2016, p. 1) said,
With more and more individuals with autism who, after experiencing months and years of therapies such as ABA (are) “coming out” and sharing that ABA has caused even more severe disorders such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in them, the time has come to stop forcing on the autistic child those methods being used in autism therapy that is either showing no result and/or is causing damage to the brain of the child with autism, sometimes "permanently" and "irreversibly."

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