* Working with Big Bad Autism by Cambria Jenkins 

Here is an adult perspective on growing up with autism. It think it’s helpful for us to remember that stereotypes about autism still abound. Cambria suffered from the stigma associated with “stimming.” Like her, I have found it far better to provide an adaptation of self-stimulation that works to allay stress but also lessens its impact on social relationships. Is it hypocritical to respond to social pressures that way? For the students involved, it was a pragmatic solution which helped them make friends more easily.

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Reading blog article after blog article on how autistic people who were treated with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and I myself, being older, and not subjected to it, turning out passing for neurotypical to most people, I have come to a conclusion: Applied Behavior Analysis and its cruel carrot-holding practices of reward and punishment for neurotypical behavior does not work. So many people have “amputated” themselves from their families for using ABA therapy. I’m sure many people will object to the above statements, but it will mostly be concern trolling…i.e. harrassing a person with an undesirable trait “for their own good.” (You may say it’s for their own good, but it’s mostly for your own fear and hate.) Instead of fighting and trying to minimize autism, why not work with the autism to achieve the results of functioning in this world? It will lead…

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