Apr 1, 2003
(Started Jan 01, 2000)
Perceived effectiveness for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder):
Perceived effectiveness for Asperger's Syndrome:
Advice & Tips:
I will never advise wholeheartedly against treatment that helps with interacting with the non-autistic world, but if you are the non-autistic family member insisting on it realize that many of the side effects of this treatment accidently (I know it's not the intention of the therapist) teach that the autistic person's feelings are never important. I had a very kind therapist, but I still learned that rule very well, and it's caused all kinds of problems in my life (including not resisting assault twice because of mistaken belief that I wasn't allowed to). Realize what is obviously not true to you is probably not obvious to your autistic family member; if we are always told off for upsetting non-autistic people but the non-autistic people are not equally told off for upsetting us, we will naturally assume our perceived importance is less.