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The Misbehavior of Behaviorists: Ethical Challenges to the Autism-ABA Industry, by Michelle Dawson

01/01/2004 (Aprox)


One of the most controversial issues concerns applied behavior analysis, the above-mentioned therapy that employs learning theory to improve “socially significant behaviors.”For many parents, ABA is the only way of helping their autistic children make some progress toward establishing visual contact and performing limited cognitive tasks. In contrast, for autism militants, ABA represses autistics’ natural modes of expression (Dawson 2004).


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Michelle Dawson is an autistic researcher whose paper The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists placed her o...

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Read Michelle Dawson's famous article on the link below:

Dawson, Michelle. 2004. “The Misbehavior of Behaviorists. Ethical Challenges to the Autism-ABA Indus...

In this video (in French), you can watch a fragment of an interview with Dawson:
Michelle Dawson - Lauréate du prix Hommage 40 ans de la Charte
And if you'd like to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the controversial therapy about which Michelle Dawson has written, watch the videos below. 
Ask an Autistic #5 - What is ABA?
ABA Autism Training - Chapter 1 - The Discrete Trial
ABA Autism Training - Chapter 2 - Reinforcement
ABA Autism Training - Chapter 3 - Prompting
How Effective Can ABA Intervention For Autistic Children Be? | Autism Challenging Behaviour

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