ABA quackery, Bogus Studies, Quackery

Unethical Study Explained: Attend Less, Fear More: Elevated Distress to Social Threat in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Everyone can agree that medical studies are necessary to keep society healthy. There is a fine line on the necessity of a study and exploiting disabled babies. Yes, disabled babies.  According to Eric Yan of Harvard medical school, research including developmentally disabled children and adults have contributed greatly for improvements in quality of life but… Continue reading Unethical Study Explained: Attend Less, Fear More: Elevated Distress to Social Threat in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder

ABA, Ableism Rebuttals, autistic culture, Disability Culture

Rebuttal: Dangerous World of Marginalizing Autism Parents

Recently there was a new blog on the NCSA website. It is by an "Autism mom," The author's name is Nazreen Bibi. She is based in the UK and is a campaigner, mental health nurse. parent and advocate. She states that "autism moms" are marginalized by autistic people in the neurodiversity movement.  Her words are… Continue reading Rebuttal: Dangerous World of Marginalizing Autism Parents

ABA, Ableism Rebuttals, autistic culture

There are Laws Protecting Children from Working too Much but what about Disabled Kids in Too Much Therapy?

There are laws protecting children pertaining to how long they work, at what age and if it is during school hours or on school days. The same rules should apply to disabled children being put in therapies. There are some children who are in some therapies for more than 40 hours a week! Besides ABA… Continue reading There are Laws Protecting Children from Working too Much but what about Disabled Kids in Too Much Therapy?

ABA, Ableism Rebuttals, Veterinary and Autism

Debarking an Autistic Child?

A mother from Wisconsin had a very controversial surgery done on her autistic child. She claimed that it helped quiet him. The mother said it was the right choice for their family. Kade Hadegraaf is her son. Three years ago he started screaming and didn't stop. The mother claimed that he would scream 1000 times… Continue reading Debarking an Autistic Child?

ABA quackery, Quackery

Quackery Exposed: DIY ABA Tablet (Goally)

There are two major tablets that have been advertised on different social media outlets that claim to improve behavior and make the parents life easier. After receiving a message about them, I decided to look more into it. Goally "Goally is the only standalone device designed by leading behavior therapists, child psychologist and learning experts.… Continue reading Quackery Exposed: DIY ABA Tablet (Goally)

ABA, Ableism Rebuttals, autistic culture, Deaf Culture, Disability Culture

Oralism in the Deaf and Autistic Communities

As a Hard of Hearing autistic adult, I think about this often. There are many overlaps in the autistic and Deaf communities. There are different sensory, diagnosis, difficulties and therapy experiences. There is certainly an overlap of experiences and history. Having experiences from both communities is a truly unique experience. Combining the Deaf and autistic… Continue reading Oralism in the Deaf and Autistic Communities

ABA, Problematic Professionals, Problems

Problematic Professional: Sue Larkey

Sue Larkey is an educator located in Sydny, Australia. She was born in  1968. She says she is a highly qualified educator but with no information on her qualifications. She has taught autistic children in mainstream and special education schools. She has earned a masters degree in special education and is currently working on a… Continue reading Problematic Professional: Sue Larkey

Autism One Quacks, Quacks

Quack Exposed: Candyce Estave

  Candyce Estave is an advocate and activist for biomedical treatment on children. She was never a medical professional.  She grew up in Wyoming and moved to California in 1985. She worked as a bartender and moved up to management. She learned how to be a business promoter.   In 2002, she met Ed Estave… Continue reading Quack Exposed: Candyce Estave

Anti Vax Quacks, Autism One Quacks, Quacks

Quack Exposed: Senta Depuydt

Senta Depuydt is a Belgian journalist, coach, and organizer of the congress "Sortir de L'Autisme" and the mother of an autistic child with low support needs. Sotir de L'Autisme is the first European Congress on biomedical treatments in Paris and hosted debates on the biology of autism and vaccine safety in numerous French Speaking Countries.… Continue reading Quack Exposed: Senta Depuydt

ABA quackery, Quackery

Quackery Exposed: Neurofeedback/biofeedback

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback. Neurofeedback is the direct training of brain function. Practitioners claim it helps the brain function more efficiently. The brain is observed in action from "moment to moment." The information is shown back to the patient. The brain gets rewarded for changing its own activity to more typical patterns. This… Continue reading Quackery Exposed: Neurofeedback/biofeedback