So my talk last week to the clinical psychology program went well–but I infuriated two people who used to be ABA therapists. They insisted that ABA was the most useful intervention for kids with autism, and that none of the bad stuff I was describing happened any more (they insisted that nobody nowadays attempts to “normalize” autistics, suppress stims, or use aversives–except for the Judge Rottenberg Center, which they agreed was a disgrace).
So here’s my question: does anyone out there have RECENT (last ten years) experience with ABA, either good or bad? Are you a teen or young adult who has had ABA therapy within the last ten years? Are you a parent, whose child has had ABA therapy recently? What were those experiences like? I would really appreciate anything you can tell me.