One thing leads to another. In my last post I mentioned two contending therapies for autism. Then I browsed through the latest issue of of ‘New Scientist’ and read that while there was great hope for treatment of some ‘the big five’ neural disorders (stroke, Alzheimers, etc.), there was little hope with regards autism. Standard ABA and perhaps medication are all that are mentioned.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) trains the autistic in social skills – the ways of regular folks; what certain of regular folks’ customs are and how to mimic these in order to get by better in the regulate word.
The social skills ABA trains include: behaving appropriately, following rules, good hygiene and proper dress. The autistic, though remains austistic. ABA’s motto might be: Fit in! (more…)