On the “Science” and “Evidence” of Early Intervention and ABA

Age of Neurodiversity

My name is Greg Love. My partner and I have three-year-old twins, one of whom is autistic. I am an undiagnosed autistic adult who went through a lengthy process of self-discovery beginning  before my son was himself diagnosed. He was both our initial introduction to autism as well as the broader autistic community. Like so many adults, I grew up at a time when autism was not understood nor diagnosed like it is today.

 

Like all new parents, we learned through a process of self-education and experience, not having any previous knowledge of the system in place for diagnosing disabilities and the various services available to assist children and their families.

 

Our son was born with various developmental delays that became most obvious around six months. He was also born with a medical condition called metatarsus adductus that created additional difficulties in his learning to walk. We started…

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Autscriptic

Autscriptic

I am not aware if I have any stims but other than that it’s very much on point.

I think it is an autistic thing to be able to surpress one’s initial fear reaction (or any other reaction based on emotions). Society asks us to just deal with neon lights, this horrible smell, the background music, eye contact. Whatever it is. And often it causes something very akin to physical pain. Expressing that pain is often social suicide. I’m sure there’s other marginalised group with the same issues.

Autism and expectations

You don’t look autistic.

Yes I do.

You don’t act autistic though.

Yes I do.

Yeah, but you’re not like “properly” autistic.

Yes I am.

You can make eye contact.

Yes I can.

You don’t flap all the time.

I do at birds.

You flap at birds?

I flap at birds.

Why do you flap at birds?

It would be rude not to wave at them when they wave at me.

That’s a bit weird.

Is it?

But you don’t do all that proper stimming and stuff, do you? Or do you?

Every day. Most moments of every day. See this?

Looks like a tiny bead mat.

Yup. I made it, I made lots of them, for when I lose them. I get distracted easily.

Can I have a go?

Go for it.

It feels nice.

It feels essential.

Why do you do it?

I’m an addict.

But it’s not…

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