Is Applied Behavioral Analysis, the Most Common Therapy for Autism, Cruel? – The Atlantic


Is the Most Common Therapy for Autism Cruel?

“Applied behavioral analysis” teaches social skills through unrelenting drills—which some say forces people on the spectrum to hide who they are.

By Elizabeth DeVita-RaeburnSpectrum

Scott Bakal / Spectrum August 11, 2016

When Lisa Quinones-Fontanez’s son Norrin was diagnosed with autism at age 2, she and her husband did what most parents in their position do—they scrambled to form a plan to help their child.

Ultimately, they followed the experts’ advice. They put Norrin in a school that used applied [...]

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