What "interventions" did you have as a child?

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30 Apr 2023, 1:02 pm

colliegrace wrote:
And did they help? Are you thankful for them, or did they cause harm?

Asking because I got into a discussion on another forum and it made me wonder what the broad opinion on childhood "autism intervention" is by those who went through it.

My understanding is that ABA is generally looked down on. I do know someone who had speech therapy and so far as I'm aware there's nothing wrong with speech therapy?

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30 Apr 2023, 3:05 pm

I.didn't have interventions. My struggles tended to be interpreted as being lazy. My father is adamant that.issues.such as autism.aren't real.

Which is ironic because he is very likely to be on the spectrum himself.


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30 Apr 2023, 3:08 pm

None; didn't get dx'd till last year.

As I look back, there wouldn't have been a need for intervention.

But my NT sister believes there should've been had I been dx'd back then, as far as learning how to make friends and value socializing.

But you can't "teach" someone how to value and be intuitive about socializing and connecting with people. Sure, I can learn from a book how to greet people, what to say when they say certain things, and other mechanical formalities. But I'd be like a machine in pretend-mode. It wouldn't feel intuitive or joyful.

You also can't unteach odd. I was an odd kid, not dramatically odd, but odd enough that classmates knew I was the weirdest or one of the weirdest. I've felt that way since grade school. I had no behavior problems or weird walking, no melts or shuts, so I guess I'm the classic case of "subtle signs" of autism. I'm bland, not spicy.


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01 May 2023, 11:05 am

I was given social stories and speech therapy as a kid and social skills training.

Son: Diagnosed w/anxiety and ADHD. Also academic delayed.

Daughter: NT, no diagnoses.


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01 May 2023, 8:28 pm

Elgee wrote:
But you can't "teach" someone how to value and be intuitive about socializing and connecting with people.

I wish I had been taught that my way is a variance and how to help set folks expectations or manage their surprise/upset until the time the variance is part of their range of social stories.


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02 May 2023, 4:40 am

I was made to see a school psychologist when I was 14. They'd get someone to come to the classroom and tell the teacher I had an appointment. So of course my whole class knew why I had to leave. So much teasing.

I had to see the psychologist because I was failing all my classes and had no friends. I was made to talk about domestic violence and my parents separating. I can't remember much else. But the school didn't tell my mum about it and neither did I until I was diagnosed with autism at age 27.


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06 May 2023, 12:26 pm

I was about to say none as I grew up in the '80s when there were none. I do remember receiving speech and writing therapy. I had a special ed P.E. class because of my dyspraxia and asthma. It is interesting because nothing was mentioned about autism or adhd.