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On Hurling Myself Into Traffic to Get out of ABA Therapy

A car is about to hit a boy who is running into traffic to get away from applied behavior analysis therapy aba

I am an autistic teenager who has been forced into attending court-ordered applied behavior analysis therapy, or ABA. These are the experiences that led me to run into traffic to get away from it.

From what I’ve experienced with  behavior therapy, I feel like the RBT therapists who want to “help” me actually belittle me, make me feel incapable of doing what I can do, and constantly push me to do tasks as simple as flash cards, analog clock quizzes on an iPad, and easy reading comprehension way below my ability level.

The flash cards they make me do are like inference and idioms for third graders. I guess this a result of the cheesy stereotype about people with autism taking things literally. They make me take notes in a notebook on how many I got right or wrong. They even collect data on how many times I apologize.

I feel like a lab rat in a maze and the cheese at the end is when I get to go home. I don’t know what I’m doing there. I’ve asked them what were my goals, and they said that they always change until I am eighteen. This was devastating, because I thought if I played along and tried, I would “graduate” out of ABA.

Every time they tell me to work harder, I physically can’t because of all the other children in other rooms screaming their heads off. There’s also the music on the other iPads that the other kids use, too.

I can’t handle hearing young children screaming, and it’s happening all the time. Sometimes, they have very young kids in the room with me, as young as three years old. This is not just because of autism and noise sensitivity. I never see anyone comfort the kids who are screaming.

The sound is constant, like a horror movie soundtrack. They tell me that I’ll “have to get used to it” every time I ask what the children are screaming about behind the gates.

I’m always told that I am “scripting” every time something is difficult; for example, when I said I didn’t like how something made me feel, they said, “You’re just scripting.” Scripting is repeating words someone else said, so telling me that is like saying because I am autistic, I can’t even have feelings or talk about them.

I also have to make physical eye contact with them no matter what I say about how it makes me feel, and that is really hard. They want me to do it all the time, but that can make me feel uncomfortable.

They are actively collecting data on my eye contact in a room surrounded by screaming children, and they tell me that my conversation is “scripted.” What is natural about this setup? It’s all scripted, like a science experiment. And I am the one who needs to learn about irony?

Recently, they made me do a test where I had to answer a bunch of multiple choice questions, such as, “Are you able to count to three?” And then they made me do more inferences on worksheets. Again. Those “autistic people take things literally” stereotypes. I don’t struggle with that at all, and I’ve been doing it for a while.

When I ask why we are doing these things, they tell me, “It will improve your language skills.” But I think my language skills are fine.

They focus on everything I can’t do. They think I’m incapable. Do I seem incapable?

It is way too distracting, and it hurts my head to the point where I can’t talk when my mom asks me, “How did ABA go?”

But really, it’s always the same stuff: inference, idioms, clocks, retell, math, and conversations.

I feel like they are trying to make me less autistic. They describe things and focus on things that are stereotypes of autism, like conversion therapy.

I’ve told everyone who would listen to me– friends, teachers, relatives, counselors, everyone– except the people at ABA about how much I don’t want to be there. I haven’t told the ABA therapists because they will give me a speech about how it’s good for me to be there, or they will tell me that I am scripting. They never validate my feelings.

The most recent ABA drop off was the most difficult, because not only was I dealing with school, I was dealing with other stressors. Mostly, I could not bear the idea that I would have to do this until I was 18. I had a panic attack after my mom dropped me off, and I ran before entering the door to the clinic.

The therapists who always wanted to “help” me chased after me, and I felt like I had no choice but to run into the middle of moving traffic. I could not work anymore for ABA, and that was what I kept repeating to myself in my aching head as I ran into evening traffic. I tried to run back to the sidewalk, but it was too late. I was hit by a car.

The two behavior therapists who had been chasing me slowly backed away, and I watched them leave me there. That was definitely helpful. I went to the emergency room in an ambulance, feeling traumatized. After all, I got slammed on my side by a car and watched people who said they only want to “help” walk away.

I am worried that if I am forced into applied behavior analysis therapy because of court orders, I can’t survive.

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  1. This makes me grateful I was never identified as a child. What you are experiencing in ABA would make me want to shoot my therapists.

    1. Not identified can just result in the same thing in another form. There is a solidarity value in knowing so. I was not identified as a child in the 80s, when there were no allies and no web. In the Harvey Jones Adolescent Unit, Cardiff, 1983, for a school pressure breaking point that obviously was not my fault, the hard man nurse shouted “to get you in here and change you.”
      The entire rest of my life is lived in oppositional defiance on principle, of everything that unit told me to do. A liberty principle of not doing it. That is where defeating this evil starts – having them see that their plans for folks’ future lives will be deliberately defied and not obeyed, because folks act on the prime value of personal liberty.

  2. Your feelings are right and valid. This is abuse. I’m sorry you have to go through this. I wish I knew a way to get you out.

    1. I agree with this. As an ally, I support you and I’m so sorry that you are being forced through this. It doesn’t seem like it’s in anyone’s best interests to be there.

  3. As a mother to an autistic 4yr old my heart breaks reading stories like this. I am so sorry you are having to deal with people that do not understand. You are incredibly strong and I hope you have not sustained any heavy injuries. Thank you for sharing your story

  4. I’m so sorry that you’re going through this, Alex, and you seem very capable. It is obvious that this “therapy” is not helping you. We will continue to fight for you and children like you.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so sorry you were forced to endure this. Sharing your story helps parents like me keep my own children and others away from this harmful practice.

  6. Please tell me there are charges to leaving a minor in traffic.

    We hear you, you aren’t alone, and you shouldn’t have to suffer primitive practices just because you’re different! They’re different; what are they doing to meet you in the middle?

    I’m sorry your family isn’t listening to you and I only know too well what it means to have to learn to fight for yourself, but you CAN do this. You ARE NOT incapable, like they want you to believe. They are the ones that sound incapable. Incapable of caring for another human in pain, incapable of wrapping their brains around something they don’t understand. You ARE NOT broken, though they will try to break you. Stay strong and know that you are worth so much more than you think. You do deserve a voice, whether they want to hear it or not. Never stop talking. <3

    1. Thank you everyone for your outpouring of support, kindness and understanding for my amazing son Alex! I want to let the community know how hard I am working to free Alex from ABA. Our case is complex, and I am representing myself pro se in the next battle in the arena. I can only imagine how much healthier and happier Alex will be if I can make this happen for him.
      Sending love to you all.
      Sara

  7. I am so sorry that these empathy-less compassionless allistic “people” are putting you and other autistics through this horrible dehumanising torment. ABA and behavioural therapies in general need to be stopped. No-one should have to go through what you have gone through.

  8. I want you know, you, and others like you that are able to share your ABA nightmares are helping the younger generation of Aspies and ASDs kiddos. My grandaughter will be 7 at the end of April. She is non verbal, ASD, and super awesome and smart. Because of you, and other teens, adults, I made that decision not to put her in ABA. She is in a school classroom with others like her, and spends her day doing fun things, and challenging things.. counting, shapes.. NORMAL 1st and kindergarten things! Keep sharing. Knowledge is the only way to help! Most of what I have read, many people don’t even know how to apply ABA properly, and they are minimally trained, even then. There is no cure for your greatness, only to pretend to adhere. I’ve got your back buddy!

    1. Please tell me more about ABA therapy. My grandson who is 3 has been going there for about a year. He was non verbal and wouldn’t eat. He has improved so much. We were really pleased. I picked him up a few months ago and he started telling me that he got a strike and talked about crying in a dark room. I was mortified. He repeated dark, cry and scared over and over. I asked my daughter about it. Her response, it works. I’ve now learned that it happens at home now too. I hate it. I
      Is there anything I can do? I live in Texas.

      1. If you’re still wondering a year later, please join the Autism Inclusivity Facebook page. It’s autistic adults helping carers of autistic kids.

  9. You are so courageous,this is an extremely well written article. You have marshaled your arguments well and stated them with a dignified ask for respect. If you ever question it at all, it is a worthwhile effort to save yourself, I would like to live long enough to know who you grow into. I’m 54, I just found out at 52 that I’m on the spectrum. It is worth the fight, I have smile lines for proof if you need it. Let me know if there is ever a way to assist you in your self defense. It seems they have failed to believe in the idea that diffability is not disability. We are working to change that. I wish you the best possible outcome.

  10. I am so terribly sorry you’re going through this. Your description of the sessions is enough to make me feel awful, i cant even begin to imagine how it must be for you. You are valid and I see you and this is disgusting abuse.

  11. As I was reading this I was impressed by the vocabulary and writing skills demonstrated by this person. I have known many people with a variety of traits that they need assistance with but these are balanced by abilities far beyond the normal for the typical population.

  12. When all people care about is controlling you things are shit.
    But the older you get the less they can do it.
    Don’t let them win.

  13. I know very well what you are going through. Those people can’t be human. They are monsters who twist everything you say and do to fit their agenda which is to break you and turn you into a robot. I am so sorry you have to go through this injustice. I wish there was a way we could all whisk you away from it. I simply don’t know how. But one thing I do know from my own experience.

    This is what I used to tell myself in similar impossible situations and I know it is not much and I hope someone can stop this madness, I hope while you are stuck this may give you some sort of strength and comfort:

    They can try and force my arms, my body, they can try and force my eyes, my speech but they can never steal my thoughts and I won’t be swayed to such terribleness. I have a voice and I will shout and scream till I am heard with my own voice. I EXIST! And I am HUMAN!

    Bravery is doing something that is terrifying in difficult situations. It may not sound like much, but you are very brave. Keep telling everyone how terrible it is. Be brutally honest. If they tell you that you are scripting, tell them where they can stick that script.

    I’m both saddened and angry that this crap still happening!

  14. I am so sorry that you are is so much unnecessary pain and suffering. Thank you for sharing your story. Having a late diagnosis after a mental health crisis I was desperate to help and ABA seemed like our only option. It is because of brave people like you that I was able to get very important information about ABA before my son started treatment. My heart is with you and I hope that whatever brought you to forces ABA can be resolved so that you don’t have to do it anymore.

  15. I’m so sorry this is happening to you. It shouldn’t be happening. It’s abuse and no one deserves abuse.
    I hope my writings on ABA and everyone else’s here and within the autistic community help parents, therapists, authorities about everything wrong with this intervention.

      1. Yes, please do, and leave a link for the author to see he’s published in two languages!

  16. I am so sorry you are being forced to go through such a horrific injustice.

    You are articulate, brave and brilliant. Don’t ever let those ABA therapists make you feel otherwise.

    They will never be able to comprehend your brilliance because they’re so dispassionate and ignorant that they will never understand. You have more insight in your little finger than they’ll ever have in their entire life time.

    I hope things work out soon and people come to their senses so you can escape ABA’s evil clutches once and for all.

    Please don’t give up. When the times are hard and you’re stuck there, know that there are autistics all around the world behind you with their full support. We’re fighting with you. You’re not alone.

    And we will win. We won’t give up fighting until ABA is banished to the history books and not one more autistic is subjected to something so abusive and awful.

    My heart breaks for you. No human should have to go through that. Sending you all my support.

  17. This is such a harrowing read but such a hugely important one.
    I am so immensely sorry you are being put this.
    There is nothing wrong with you and you are capable of everything and anything you put your mind to, don’t let those f**kers make you think any different.
    Stay strong and thank you for sharing your story with us xxx

  18. I am so deeply sorry this is happening to you. Please share this article with the court that ordered this torture on you. We autistics stand behind you.

  19. I’m a bit late to the party of reminding you that you are not alone,but the note made me laugh out loud because it’s paraphrased as”shut up ABA justifiers”

  20. … but seriously, show this article to your parents and hopefully their hearts will tell them this is wrong. You cannot help people by traumatising them! I wish you the best and that these practices will be consigned to the dustbin of history very soon.

  21. I left this comment over on fb first —— wanted you to be able to see it and read. Thank you for being so brave and sharing your experience.
    ————————————————————————
    I just read his story over on another page – I was horrified for him (not surprised that ABA would push someone to do this and to feel this helpless and trapped but truly sad that this conversion therapy is still allowed). His story strengthens my commitment to being a vocal ally to autistic people and standing firmly against behavior therapy and ABA.

    I hope he knows he is cherished exactly as he is. That there is nothing wrong or broken about him. That so many of us see how capable, bright and empathic he is. I hope he knows that I am in gratitude to him for sharing this story. He is important and deserves so much better.

  22. I’m so sorry about what you have gone through and are going through. Your feelings and experiences are valid.

    I don’t know if this is helpful potential advice [feel free to completely ignore this], but if you’re interested in trying to sneak hearing protection into your sessions, I’ve found some earplugs that are really really discreet: https://www.earasers.net/collections/autism-sensory-reduction-1/products/earasers?variant=12272459743301

    I am only suggesting this because when I originally put them in, people didn’t even realize I had them in. They thought I wasn’t wearing earplugs at all. It helps that they’re clear.

    I really really hope that you do not have to endure the abuse of ABA anymore after what happened. I hope you pull through and find ways to cope, even if it’s through stoic noncompliance or non-stoic noncompliance. Autistic adults hear you.

  23. I am so sorry you went through this! You are such a brave and eloquent kid! No scripting here!!!!

  24. You are so strong and brave. I am so sorry you are going through this. One day ABA will be seen for the abuse it is. Keep speaking out. Encourage others to speak out against this abuse. From the Autistic adult community, we hear you. We are here for you. We will teach the people with allism some empathy and maybe even find a cure for them one day.

  25. Hey kid,

    You’re obviously very smart, and very strong. And well able to express yourself.

    There will come a time when you are free, and then you will flourish.

    Here’s a challenge to amuse you:
    ‘Nil carborundum illegitimi’! 😜

  26. I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing this. I’m sorry you’re being forced to endure court-ordered abuse. Please, let us know how we can support you. We see you.

  27. That totally sucks, and you don’t deserve for it to be that way.

    Can you send this to some lawyers near you? A good one can help you with getting a new court order to make sure you won’t have to go back to ABA.

  28. I’m very sorry you’ve been forced to endure this. Please know that we are all thinking about you and we hear how awful this is for you. You don’t deserve to be treated this way. Please know that life won’t always feel this negative. There is peace and happiness in your future and you will come to feel that soon.

  29. I am deeply sorry this has happened to you. I hope we can make changes in the knowledge, understanding and acceptance of autistic differences. Courage like you have shown in writing this are what will shine a light on how autistic folks need changes in how they are treated, particularly by the “helping community”. Autistic solidarity.

  30. Hi Alex,
    Your experience is heartbreaking. Even on your weakest days, you are stronger than many to continue to be subject to such inhumane, inequal and unjust treatment. I know you did not choose this path, and it certainly is not fair. And I would validate that it really is an experiment that you did not sign up for. And the only thing that can change this for others is your strength to speak up so the rest of us fortune enough to not have endured this torture can strengthen the voice against ABA. These are the articles I save and bookmark, and will present when met with any attempted force and inflict any(more) [knowing it’s been unapprovingly used. Thank you for sharing.

  31. That’s just plain awful. Keep on writing about it, and maybe even write a letter to the court about what goes on there, and how you feel; asking them to re-evaluate or place you in a different type of program. There is a lot of outcry right now about ABA and the damage it’s doing, so hopefully things will change for the better. Don’t give up! Many people are trying to figure out how to support you and other kids that are stuck in ABA ‘therapy’.

  32. Words can hardly accurately express how sorrowful I feel that you are going through this torment. Please look forward to a time when you will be of age to be free of this torment and those who are inflicting this abuse upon you. Know that you have an Autistic community who strongly support you and who welcome you with open arms.

  33. Is there anything I can do to help? To appeal this court ordered abuse? My heart aches for you and all those subjected to this cruelty.

  34. I’m sorry that adults are ignoring you and putting you through this. As adults, it’s our job to listen and protect. They’re failing you and the other kids, too.

    You are so capable. You can do so many things. You have a bright future ahead of you. We see you.

  35. Hi there, I’m also an Aspergian contributor. I tend to use a lot of profanity, apologies to both yourself and your mom (and the Aspergian).

    My favorite quote is, “You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.” I’m not sure if Avatar is cool anymore, and I’m kind of old, but that quote has stayed with me because it speaks right to the heart of things. Life can throw a bunch of hardship at us, but we can climb the fuck over it with enough audacity and support.

    Should we have to give ourselves hope when other people treat us like we’re subhuman? No. People should not be condescending assholes, truthfully. But some of them are, and they don’t deserve to make the rules. We’re working to change this. You were born into a tribe of rule questioners, and those who value conformity are always trying to break us because our existence makes them question what is comfortable and easy for them. We make them recognize that the world is bigger than themselves, and many of them don’t like that because it’s scary to look past what is familiar and realize just how little we actually understand about ourselves and the universe. But we neurodivergents are brave, and we keep fighting because oppression of any kind is unacceptable to us. Submission to the status quo without question is incompatible with our genetics. You are brave, and you’re built to be a survivor. I know this, because you are like us.

    I saw that someone posted this encouragement above: There will come a time when you are free, and then you will flourish.

    …and that’s absolutely true. I grew up in a really bad situation, and I used to count the time until I could be free. There’s a whole world out there waiting for you to explore it, and there’s an entire army here standing behind you as you soldier through this condescending bullshit. I used to tune out, and just go robotic to get through the shit, and then I’d be alone and I could escape into a book or I’d write on my Angelfire (lol) website – long ranty posts about my special interests. I’d dream about an apartment in the city, where I could disappear into the crowds and no one would know me, and I could just exist, free of oppressive authoritarians and their rigid and cruel expectations. As I entered into adulthood, my dreams and priorities changed, but those first hopes I gave to myself carried me to better times. This shit will get sorted, but in the meantime, do what you can to keep sane. You’re not alone – you are one of us, and we are all fighting parts of this battle in different places and different ways. You are currently a prisoner of war, but one day you’re going to be a general.

  36. I’m so sorry. How horrific that the court can order this abuse. I stand with you I will share your story and I hope someone out there can help.

  37. Thank you for telling us your story Alexander. In the autistic community the horrors of ABA are well known but to the wider world they are a mystery, hidden beneath layers of corporate money and establishment support. Stories like yours will help people considering ABA for their child, or facing court orders like yours to make the right decision and fight back.

  38. Although you are a minor, you should still have rights. I would suggest you contact the ACLU, ASAN, and Haley Moss (a lawyer on the Autism Spectrum and a advocate for persons with disabilities ). Thank you for sharing your story. Your are definitely going through a very challenging experience. But your writing is definitely a good way to process what you are going through and to maintain a sense of self. Additionally keeping a record of your experience could have use in any legal proceding especially if you use a journal and document with times, dates and places. Grateful that you have a forum and community of peers and allies.

  39. Tears also, It is so difficult to reconcile the wonderful aspects of humans with the dreadful tortures people dream up – or nightmares? Almost 20 years ago, I was working as a behavioural specialist, with a variety of youngsters. One of my gigs was with a “PDD” four year old. As his therapy support staff, I spent 8 hours a week with him and his mom for about one year, encouraging and reminding, As Kindergarten time approached, mom and I talked about whether or not he should continue in special needs classes. I saw him as ready for a particular K class with a fantastic teacher. Poor mom! The SE teacher insisted, I insisted… My gold star is that I saved a bright child from being wasted; When he was in 3rd grade, Mom phoned me at home to tell me how well he was doing. I knew we had done the right thing.

    When I needed more clients, the current “supervisor” told me I needed ABA training. She had never mentioned this before. I had seen bits and pieces about this ABA; I considered it child abuse and had no interest in being trained to abuse children. I resigned. I am shocked and appalled that this is still being used to torment people. I hope there are some strong advocates working to rid the world of ABA. It got in the way of my being able to help any more children achieve their potential.

  40. Obviously as I know you, I know that you would NEVER do anything like this unless under intense stress. I think those ABA funking shit* therapists are taking the mick with those simple activities which you can already do. I think you need to find out what they have on record for you and whether they have put you down as a ‘young’ child who is not able to read or write because with the way that they treat you I think that is the case. I hope you can get out of their horrible clinic and away from those crap therapists. Looks like overall they are trying to send you off to the funny farm. And I do also suggest getting a lawyer so you can escape from this shit*.

    * – excuse my language; so outraged with their stupidity.

    1. That could be likely. One of the teachers in my abusive special ed program did something similar. She thought I was “acting like a baby” due to some normal childhood thing I was doing (most likely whining and complaining as kids are wont to do) and she said “Do I have to take you to a playpen?”. And later on, my high school kicked me out of the college prep program they ran, left me on retainer for six months, and then described me (currently a Master’s biology student) at my high school graduation as “she likes bunnies and potting plants” – the kind of description usually given to someone with an intellectual disability. Even though the “likes bunnies” part stems from running a stuffed animal drive for the homeless and I won first place in the Halloween costume contest one year for a flowering bush costume made by pinning (I think) over a hundred artificial flowers obtained from nursery work experience onto a green shirt and won with green pants (and was denied the prize they promised, of course). And yet “she likes bunnies and is good at potting plants” comes nowhere near describing some of my actual achievements.

      I could see how such a blatantly infantilizing mentality could lead an ABA therapist to capriciously put someone down as a young/profoundly disabled child who cannot read or write, as a way to punish a kid for a personality trait(s) the therapist doesn’t like, and to do so in such a way that it cannot be revealed on the official record.

      If Alex can expose this discrepancy and show that this type of academically fraudulent recording of someone’s supposed abilities happens in ABA facilities as a prolonged form of punishment (that isn’t even the operant conditioning definition of punishment but makes sense only according to the lay definition of punishment), that could be helpful. It might cast suspicion on some of their other ability assessments too – even in kids who are truly nonverbal and show clear intelligence. Especially then – if a kid who cannot speak has a savant skill or even several talents they aren’t allowed to practice due to ABA and they cannot talk and have some other condition, ABA folks could have a very easy time convincing society and the kid’s parents that such a nonspeaking child is profoundly intellectually disabled, even if they showed obvious signs of intelligence in some other way. And since kids like those can’t speak, it makes the obfuscation of any intelligence they have much easier.

      So I think Alex exposing possible discrepancies like that could be helpful for a lot of kids.

  41. The problem is, they thought they were doing you a favour. Well done Alex. Now discover what it means to be one of your own kind and not be made to lie to yourself.

  42. Also, you read very well. I would imagine the therapists never bothered to get you to write anything down to express yourself? Your medium is probably not face to face but via keyboards. See? You don’t make sense to them until then. So use the keyboard to communicate in future, as you may be trying to do things their way a lot. Ordinary face to face talking. Keyboard empowers you I think. Good luck.

    (I think it’s definitely empowered me).

  43. Just wanted to leave a comment here to support you. ABA is a form of torture. It’s horrific.

  44. One would almost wish for judges to have to endure ABA themselves to see why it is so wrong, except that would be inhuman as well. Hopefully, more resources will come your way to help reverse this decision and free you from ABA hell.

    1. Sweetheart, I am so sorry you are being tortured.
      I wish they would listen to us when we tell them it hurts us, often for life in the form of PTSD and C-PTSD.
      Hang in there.
      It will get better.
      As an adult, you will not be subjected to this.
      Things are changing. More Doctors and researchers are listening. Autistic researchers are doing studies that support and prove #ActuallyAutistic assertions that ABA is bad for us.
      Change is coming, hang in there.

  45. The ‘therapy’ they are doing to you is child abuse. I’d file a police report or however one is supposed to file a complaint. I’ve been trying to look up and understand all the various ABA therapies just to avoid this sort of c**p happening to my kid. I don’t see how any of what they are doing can be called therapy and don’t see at all how it is supposed to somehow help you to function ‘better’ in the world. What a load of hooey!

  46. My heart is with you. I sincerely hope that you can find a way to escape this court order, as it sounds like they are torturing you. Whatever happens, hang in there! You may need counseling to heal, but you will make it to 18. And people love you and need you. I’m speaking as a mother whose oldest son died far too young.

  47. I don’t know what to say first. Perhaps these points of mine should carry equal weight – I don’t want any of them to appear more important than the others.
    1. I find it courageous of you to write about this.
    2. The edifice of ABA is crumbling, slowly but surely.
    3. The fact that you had to run into traffic is awful, but entirely understandable.

    I am confident that you will have the last laugh on these ABA buffoons.

  48. This is abuse and should be illegal. You are so much better and smarter than the people doing this to you. Your feelings are real and valid and you deserve to have the chance to express them, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. I hope that in the near future you and others who have suffered this type of torture can sue those ABA scumbags and the judges who forced this on you and get a whole lot of money. So, how about it? Any lawyers here willing to represent these kids who have no voice? This has to be stopped. We can’t just be content with posting a comment about how terrible it is. Let’s do something about it.

  49. I think your best option is to get a lawyer. Do you have the support of *any* adult who can help get you a lawyer? File a police report regarding the torture, and the other tortured children in the torture facility, and sue for emancipation to get out from under the court order. Crowdfunding might be possible. You’re articulate, you should be able to represent yourself in legal filings and beofre a judge.

    Unfortunately this needs to be executed by people geographically local to you, due to the locality of the court system — it depends massively on where you are.

  50. I went to this summer day camp back in my elementary school years. I don’t know if it was actually an ABA Therapy, but it was compliance based. They used this point system. You earned points for good behavior and lost points for “bad” behavior. If you earned enough points, you were allowed to go on the field trip at the end of the end of each week. If you didn’t, you had to stay at the school where the camp was held and do chores until all of the kids who were allowed to go on the field trip returned. You could lose points for just about anything. (Literally) walking out of line, whining and complaining, and violating activity rules were just a few of the behaviors you would lose points for. Going to that camp for three summers was more than enough!

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