ABA, ADHD, autistic culture, Growing up undiagnosed

Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

It is no secret that I was diagnosed with ADHD as a 6 year old. They did a whole battery of tests. I remember them, vaguely. It is also no secret that I was an abused child. Today, I found out they both have everything to do with each other. Today, in a Facebook group… Continue reading Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

Quackery

Quackery Exposed: Naturcare Relaxation Sound Ball (TW ABA)

Naturcare relaxation sound ball is essentially a white noise machine. It was created by Mary-Louise Montague. It is supposed to help children who have hyperacusis. Hyperacusis is a disorder in loudness perception. People with this condition may appear sensitive to a range of sounds, finding many sounds unbearable and painfully loud. There was a study… Continue reading Quackery Exposed: Naturcare Relaxation Sound Ball (TW ABA)

Disabled Parenting

Accepting Feedback From Your Children is Healthy and Needs to be Normalized

Receiving feedback about parenting from your children needs to be normalized. Whenever we are doing a different job or anything else in life, feedback is a natural part of the process and it needs to happen. Only if you don't parent in a way that is effective or healthy for your child, it can have… Continue reading Accepting Feedback From Your Children is Healthy and Needs to be Normalized

Quack Clinics

Quack Clinic: Oxford Recovery Center

The Oxford Recovery Center was founded in 2008 in South Lyon, Michigan after the CEO Tami Peterson "witnessed the healing potential of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber" after experimenting on her daughter. So according to Peterson, a few months after using the HBOT, her daughter was able to dance the Nutcracker ballet and was "completely healed."… Continue reading Quack Clinic: Oxford Recovery Center

autistic culture, Disability Culture, In The Media

An Interview that Could Have Educated Went Horribly Wrong

About a month ago, I was contacted through my pet business email about an interview with The Today Show for a written article about autistic parents perceptions about videos being posted of meltdowns. I showed the email to my good friend, Emma Dalmayne and we both agreed this would be a great opportunity to educate… Continue reading An Interview that Could Have Educated Went Horribly Wrong

ABA, Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

The Judge Rotenberg Center is an institution that is located in Canton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Mathew Israel in 1971 and originally called the Behavior Research Institute. Israel was a psychologist who trained with B F Skinner, the founder of radical behaviorism. In 1994, they changed their name to the Judge Rotenberg Center to "honor the… Continue reading Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

ABA, Problematic Organizations, Problems

Problematic Organization: A E Wood Foundation

AE Wood Foundation is a non profit charity that was established in 2018.They have a location in Tampa, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee.  Their goal is to connect families with the medical, therapeutic and educational providers. "The foundation works to enhance the ability of children and young adults and their families to succeed in life while… Continue reading Problematic Organization: A E Wood Foundation

ABA, Positive Changes

Big Names in Entertainment are Changing Their Perception on Autism on World Autism Day

All the autistic community wants is to be listened to and not be spoken over. Amplify our voices and express what the autistic community wants not what the NT think we need. Last year it was a dumpster fire. A lot of big names in entertainment were talking over us and deleting what we were… Continue reading Big Names in Entertainment are Changing Their Perception on Autism on World Autism Day

ABA, Disabled Parenting

What Happens When An ABA Survivor Finds Out These Tactics Are Used On Their Own Children

It is common knowledge I had a very horrific experience with ABA as a child in the 1980's. It left me with horrible PTSD and other mental health issues. I vowed to never subject my children to such abuse. They do not need to be trained to conform and forced to mask.  The way the… Continue reading What Happens When An ABA Survivor Finds Out These Tactics Are Used On Their Own Children

ABA, Disabled Parenting

Firing Your Kids Should Never be an Option

Anyone who meets me and sees how I parent will tell you that I am big on life skills. I want my kids to know how to take care of themselves. When I went off to college, I didn't even know how to do my laundry. My college roommate taught me. I do not want… Continue reading Firing Your Kids Should Never be an Option