My Experience with ABA

ABA stands for Applied Behavioral Analysis. I have been getting ABA services for a few years and have had mixed experiences. I have read bad stories about ABA from other people with autism, but I am here to share my positive experiences. I love my therapists and one in particular has really changed the way I look at life. I have gained more independence from ABA than any other therapy and it has made me hopeful for the future. I see it as you get what you make of it and I choose to make the most of my time with my therapists! How you look at things is what matters most and I just recently learned that from one of my ABA therapists. She comes to work everyday happy even though I know she has a lot going on. I am making progress with my attitude that I didn’t know I could because of ABA!

I believe ABA is seen badly because it is not for communication it is for behavior and people can’t see the difference. I have a lot of goals for ABA that have helped my communication, but my communication had to come in first. I learned RPM first and then I could show my abilities. Then ABA was worth my time. I am proud of how much I have done and I want to go to college! I know I can do it because my behavior will be in control! ABA has let me move my body where my head wants to go and I am proud of myself!

10 comments

  1. Dear Mitchell,
    I just read yur bloggs and am very impressed and proud of you. You have worked hard and progressed so fast. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more.
    All my love,
    Grandma Judy

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  2. Hi Mitchell, nice blog! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with ABA. You have a great attitude that will serve you well in life. I look forward to reading more of your blog and will share it with my daughter.

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  3. You are a very articulate young man. I read your blog to my 17 year old daughter who has a diagnosis of autism. She receives ABA at home and loves her therapists. Thanks for inspiring my daughter and me!

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  4. Hello Mitchell, it’s cousin Valerie here! I read every one of your posts so far and I am astonished at everything you have accomplished. Reading these posts have truly inspired me and shed light into a world I never got to see or understand, but I am elated to hear how happy you are because you deserve it. There are so many other people in the world that can relate to you, and the hardships you’ve been through and I hope they have the pleasure to read your story. You are such a hard working, smart, loving young man and I am so proud of you. Please keep posting!! I love reading about your life and successes. I love and miss you.

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  5. Mitchell,
    I love reading about your perspectives and experiences. My son is non verbal as well, and communicates using PECS. He’s only 2 years old, but I hope one day he can develop the communication skills that you have. I don’t know you, but I am so very proud of you. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  6. Hi Mitchell, great blog. I sometimes think, if ABA would just be called different, people would spend more time learning about it, understand it better and embrace it. Cheers, Peter

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