Unfortunately, prejudices against behavior therapy/ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and ABT (Autism-specific Behavior Therapy) tend to prevail, especially in Germany (see Graf, 2021, booklet of the German Autism Society). Therefore, the following statement aims at clarifying misconceptions and prejudices about ABA/AVT. One fear of critics is that these approaches change personality due to changing the behavior of affected individuals. It is also emphasized that individuals with autism should not be subjected to therapies aiming at normalization, but that tolerance to differences should be practiced. Above concerns are clarified by pointing out current ABA/AVT methods and practices.
1. Criticism of the so-called "Lovaas Therapy".
2. Critique of Discrete Learning
3. Critique of educational and therapeutic approaches that conform the individual to the norms of society.
4. Critique of the lack of consideration of personality in ABA/AVT/VT strategies.