Conor, 1999, Age 3 1/2 - before being exposed to ABA intervention
Conor, 2006, Age 10 1/2 - after several years of ABA intervention
An oft heard criticism of ABA is that ABA robs an autistic child of his/her true nature or identity, depriving them of an essential part of their personality, and thus constituting a form of abuse. In this case study, the top picture above, 1999, before Conor was exposed to ABA intervention, shows a happy smiling boy. The bottom picture above, however, 2006, after several years of ABA intervention shows a .... well .... uh .... a happy smiling boy.