Yes, absolutely! The “modification” is only happening on the outside, and it’s actually incredibly traumatic to many people on the spectrum.
Ha! One of my Autistic buddies brought this to my attention:
As pretty much any Autistic person can tell you, the creators of this handy infographic are spot-on about this:
Behavior suppression is not behavior modification.
News flash for the ABA “practitioners” in the crowd.
Behavior suppression is notbehavior modification.
And, in fact, addressing root causes not only modify behavior, but they completely remove the need for the behavior, to begin with.
See, lots of the “unacceptable” behavior that Autistic folks exhibit is in response to stressors around us. Like, the whole world’s worth of stressors. We do what we do for a very good reason, but not many people seem the least bit interested in understanding why that is.
I’m tired, tonight. I’m tired of having to think about this stuff. But yeah, I do.
And that’s unfortunate.
Oh, well. Good night.