Sunday, April 9, 2017

A leading British Counter-Controller to the Applied Behavioral Analysis Controllers believes she can defeat them by arguing science. This approach is doomed to fail. The public ought to know.

The leading British Counter-Controller to the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Controllers believes she can defeat ABA by arguing science. This approach is doomed to fail.

ABA does manipulate behaviors scientifically, though it does so in a highly-unethical manner. ABA Leaks says ABA is pseudoscience, not because it cannot control behaviors with their techniques, but because they ignore critical data about them, the fact that ABA causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Some people eat sushi again because it reinforced them when they had it before. If it had made them puke, they would avoid it. Period. It's as simple as that. Consequences to action affect behavior. We can say they "control" behaviors in the future, or we can say "influence." We cannot deny the sun. We cannot deny this discovery by B. F. Skinner, the hypocrite who opposed punishment for so-called "normal" people, but not for autistics and others with disabilities.

Just because nuclear energy is real, that does not mean we should drop the A-Bomb. Just because operant conditioning by way of consequences added and removed after we emit responses does indeed influence our behavior rates, that does not mean we should do it. ABA does not get this ethics. They live a behavior control and coercion world even causes them their own miserable divorces and the punishment of their own now-silenced dissenters from deep within their ranks. This is why we call it a cult.

When this primary UK CounterController calls the operant conditioning phenomenon "rubbish," well there's no point in moving forward together, the UK team as it stands now and ABA Leaks. That's like calling a rainbow "rubbish."

This UK CounterController, to the detriment of the UK autistics, does not understand ABA method well at all. As she proceeds to tell British officials that ABA is bad science, ABA will argue scientific circles around her. This is sad.

We wish them luck over there across that Atlantic, and wisdom. ABA Leaks feels that the public autism community ought to know this.

Dave Altieri

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

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