I feel so bad for those out there who have had negative ABA experiences with the RIGITY, forced training, etc. I think about 6 month into Katlynn's ABA it did get like that and was like that for about 6 months. Building compliance it was called. Yes, they did the DVD skits, and the waiting for eye contact, but you know what.... it worked. While I won't give ABA all the credit for her progress (because I think whats really helped is just getting her out in the world and playing with typical peers). We've never let Autism take over our lives. That is a rule I had from the get go. It is consuming yes, but it will never rule us as a family. I refuse to ever let it. I refuse to not say she can't do something because of her autism and I will admit, I have used that in the past, but then she never ceases to surprise me. Anyhow, back to ABA. This my friends is what we did today.
This was in addition to hide and go seek and playing some cutting fun.
Anyhow, for those who have had a bad experience, please consider another vendor who may use another method that works better for your child. It's like bio-medical intervention. It doesn't work for every child just as ABA doesn't.