ABA for therapy-resisting 10-year-old girl with ASD?
My 10-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with Autism. She has a profile called Pathological Demand Avoidance, which means that her anxiety results in her desire to control things, making her resistant to everyday tasks. One of the ways this has manifested is in becoming avoidant of therapy. She claims this is because therapy uses time that she could spend doing other things, and it's true that she has less time for a variety of things that she enjoys such as drawing, reading, spending time with our animals, gaming, and social media. She has had success with theater, which COVID interfered with, but we are hoping to get her started back up in that.
The therapist that diagnosed her with autism is going to be recommending 10 hours of in-home ABA. She is already doing OT and a a social skills group (she is also receiving psychiatric care and is on medication), which uses 2 afternoons per week and it is hard to imagine adding another 10 hours per week to her schedule. She's already fighting her participation in the other therapies. To add to my confusion, I have found a large community of adults with autism that have a lot of negative things to say about their ABA experience as a child, which I am worried will be my daughter's experience.
When I look at goals/outcomes of ABA for high functioning people, I see that they are exactly what we feel she needs: Showing more interest in people around them, communicating more effectively, reducing outbursts, reducing self-harming behaviors, and improving focus for non-preferred activities. For her the disconnect is that she already understands these things in theory, but only sometimes demonstrates them.
Does anyone else have a child that fits this profile? Have you done ABA and what was your outcome? Thank you!