“It’s important to note, though,” writes Sara Meyer, “that in ABA, ‘best’ means most efficient at changing the behaviour, not ‘best’ in terms of the long range well-being of the client.” Remember this when ABA proponents proclaim that it’s the only “evidence-based” treatment for autism. The evidence is only of a change in behavior, not of any alleged recovery, which isn’t a thing. Also keep this in mind when it comes to general psychotherapeutic support for autistic adults, since most therapists, counsellors, and social workers sense of autism likely is defined by those industries’ general acceptance of ABA as the leading treatment for children. Which doesn’t mean they think ABA is for adults, too, but often will mean not tailoring treatment for autistic brains.

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