Rather than therapies to “reduce autistic behaviours”, Autistic children need to be supported in the full development of their unique Autistic potential, and need to be encouraged to follow their intrinsic motivations to explore the world.
The most valuable step that non-autistic parents of Autistic children can undertake is to connect with and learn from the adult Autistic community.
Unfortunately both “gay conversion therapy” and “autistic conversion therapy” techniques are still in use today in some jurisdictions. This explains why Autistic rights activism and neurodiversity rights activism are so important.
In the following interview Alfie Kohn explains why there is nothing positive about modern Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, or other brands of early intervention approaches based on positive reinforcement:
The following talk explores critical questions about the school experience of most Autistic children, and the long term impact of these experiences. The way schools generally deal with Autistic children involves many factors:
- What ideas do most schools bring to understanding Autistic children?
- What are their goals for Autistic children?
- What about children’s experiences do schools need to understand, and how can they be more effective?