Friday, June 30, 2017

ABA Leaks reviews TasiaM (April 12, 2013) "Changing the child vs. helping the child" post in blog "Life his way, thriving with autism."

[Edit note: Even this rough draft is unfinished, but I'm quitting the writing session now and publishing it now so as not to lose it for certain. DA]

 TasiaM (April 12, 2013). Changing the child vs. helping the child. In Life his Way blog, Thriving with Autism blog.

Cleverly Tasia doesn't call any of the misguided "therapies" s/he criticizes "ABA therapy," which is an oxymoron anyway, a contradiction of terms, since therapy is not something that demands, which ABa always does. It even "treats for escape" from their asinine "demands."

Of course, s/he's describing a list of more than one so-called "therapies" done by practitioners whom we at ABA Leaks call pseudo-professionals, in accordance with how s/he pens this excellent post. Besides, ABA bully behavior Controllers constantly pretend to ignore us, their proudly-identified CounterControllers, to a fault, as they are pinning themselves into their own corner this way, strategically. They still refuse to include ABA-provoked trauma reports in their so-called "data," as far as we know, which is why they're clearly a pseudoscience.

Anyhow, read in block quotes below how well Tasia, an autism parent, accepts young people's non-verbal autism and eagerly learns, one bit at a time, how their actions do indeed communicate, which is a method ABA sometimes knows exists, yet still argues against, quite ineffectively, even though non-punitive Positive Behavior Support (PBS) leaders LaVigna, BCBA, and Donnellan (1986) tried to teach highly-punitive ABA how behavior is communication, but to no avail. See Corey Robertson (May 4, 2017), so-called "BehaviorGuy" of Facebook, say, "All behavior serves a function- but don't believe that 'all behavior is communication' - that's a bit simplistic. Tantrums occur when they are effective." Robertson does not cite any source that says "all behavior is communication." Lavigna and Donnellan (1986, p. 22) said, "Many behaviors exhibited by human beings may appear to be devoid of any meaning - random, "bizarre" behavior without function and serving no social purpose (e.g., Rapp, Deitz, and Spier, 1974). Yet, the results of other behavioral and related studies indicate that behaviors such as stereotypic responding, aggression, self-injury, echolalia [repetitive speech], property destruction, and similar examples often [italics added] serve definite and sometimes quite complex [italics added] communicative and social interactive functions (Edward Carr, 1977, 1983; Carr, Newsom, and Binkhoff, 1976; Prizant, 1978; Frankel, 1982Lovaas, 1982; Lovaas et el., 1965; Schuler and Goetz, 1981)." Nobody in PBS, so it seems, said "all behavior is communication," as Robertson asserts, so ABA is once again the pot calling the kettle black. Just like ABA is the pseudoscience that masquerades as a science and attacks non-ABA interventions as "pseudoscience," here we see popular ABA lobbyist Robertson simplifying the communicative aspects of behavior and accusing somebody, and he or she doesn't say whom, of being too "simplistic."

Altieri (November 3, 2015) showed how "aversives-addicted ABA electro-shockers are on trial against PBS non-punishers (theoretically, because PBS punishes in practice).

Altieri (June 28, 2016) wrote, "the 'data' is in. Every Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) pseudo-professional cult member completely supports or is complicit to ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock 'torture.' Establishing argument: ABA is very different from Positive Behavior Support (PBS) despite some overlap. PBS theory rules out all ABA punitive techniques as unnecessary and therefore unethical. PBS practice does indeed punish despite its theoretical claims to the contrary."

On the other hand, Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) CEO James Carr and Sidener (2002) claimed non-punitive PBS is a part of highly-punitive ABA. They made the astounding statement that "we hope it is clear from our arguments that PBS can easily be characterized as a service-delivery framework within the broader discipline of applied behavior analysis. However, although some professionals and researchers agree with this characterization, our personal experience is that it constitutes the minority perspective (p. 251)."

This is most unbelievable and surprising because James Carr and Sidener (2002, p. 246-247) also said,

PBS promotes the use of procedures based on positive reinforcement as opposed to punishment (Horner, Dunlap, and Koegel, 1990 [sic - Correct citation is Horner et al., 1990.]; Sisson, 1992; Sugai et al., 1999). In fact, the importance of positive intervention strategies is one of the main factors that prompted the development of PBS (Sugai et al.). However, Van Houten et al. (1988) have long asserted this emphasis to be important to applied behavior analysis. The authors stated, "consistent with the philosophy of least restrictive yet effective treatment, exposure of an individual to restrictive procedures is unacceptable unless it can be shown that such procedures are necessary to produce safe and clinically significant behavior change" (p. 113).

This entire crew in Van Houten et al. (1988) has supported extremely painful electric skin shock, what the United Nations calls a place of "torture (Méndez, 2013, p. 85)." 1). Ronald Van Houten, Rotenberg Center skin shockers board member board member;


Click on Tasia (April 12, 2013) to read all the post. Tasia tells her autism mother and father peers how to accept autism nonverbal ways of communicating and then turn to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advocate to systems-wide accommodations for the autistic way. On the other hand, ABA Leaks has found that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board never requires and college coursework in Disability Studies, so they no very little about the "reasonable accommodations" the ADA requires of them all, but to no avail, of course, once again. Since ABA is all about coercion into normalcy and obedience trainings, electric grid floor Skinner Box lab rat torture and Doggie style, diabetic eating habit, candy morsels paired with clickers:

Something I keep in mind when considering therapies and the like: do I want this for my child, or do I want this for others? Life skills benefit the child and can be taught without any implication that the child is “lesser” for not having them. Social skills are another story and that’s where acceptance comes more into play. Example: autistic kids are often not allowed to stim. Stimming (flapping, rocking, pacing, fidgeting) is an important tool for self-regulation. Stopping his stims does not benefit the child in any way; in fact, it hurts him and is counter-productive. (Self-injurious stims are another matter, but those can be redirected instead of suppressed.)
But conventional thinking says that stimming is bad so they try to make it go away. Why is it bad? Because it makes other people uncomfortable. This is what most social therapies are about: teaching the autistic child to behave in such a way that makes everyone else feel comfortable. Teaching him to do and say and even think the “right” things. (Yes, social training does actually tell them what they should be thinking.)
 This is the sort of thing that the acceptance movement protests. Autism has its own culture and assuming positive intent is central to it. While my autistic friends are direct and blunt, and they really can’t be any other way, they are generally not hurtful. It’s my responsibility to not read emotion into their words that isn’t there. Acceptance means that I take them as they are, rather than insisting that they change the way they talk to me. It means I don’t tell them to stop flapping because it’s distracting; instead I find my own ways to stay focused (and it works great that in autistic culture, I can look away without being called rude!). It means I understand that they are working hard every day to process the world and I don’t ask them to work even harder just to make me feel comfortable. Actually, as long as I am accepting, I feel perfectly comfortable. Of course we all want to maximize our kids’ potential. When we work toward that goal with acceptance, we see autism as simply a part of who they are, not something to be trained out of them.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

 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, 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

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

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.


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 very possibly 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.

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I am an advocate for people with disabilities certified to teach special education with a Master of Arts in Teaching. I am not a Licensed Psychologist or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. When in doubt, seek the advice of an MD, a PhD, or a BCBA. My ability to analyze the ethics of ABA stems from the fact that I am disabled and ABA interventions are often done to people like me, which I voluntarily accept, but only when I alone am the person granting consent, and not a parent, sibling, guardian, or institution.