Alternatives to ABA course

Duration: 4.5 hours

A panel of Autism and Neurodiversity advocates with neuro-affirming approaches make up the Alternatives To ABA on-demand course. ABA is outdated and abusive to Autistic people and this course explores the alternative options.

Course participants will receive certificate of completion at end of course!

This course will be ideal for all helping professionals, therapists, teachers, SNAs, carers, parents as well as Autistic people themselves.

$ 145.90

“An extremely important course for anyone who has autistic children or works with autistic people in any capacity.” — Alex Kronstein

Guest Speakers

  1. Gillian Kearns – Neurodivergency Rights Activist
  2. Siobhán Uí Dhálaigh – Advocate & Gaelscoil Teacher
  3. Katie Kerley – Occupational Therapist
  4. Cole Sorensen – AAC user, Public Speaker & Writer
  5.  Evaleen Whelton – Founder AUsome Training & Advocate

Speakers and Presentations

Gillian KearnsA Brief History of Radical Behaviourism and it’s Development

A brief overview of how ABA developed and it’s links to radical behaviourism. How and why it grew and why it is that so many Autistic adults are speaking out against it.

Siobhán Uí Dhálaigh – Panel Discussion on Autistic pupils in our schools, the use of ABA and PBS and alternative, non-ABA approaches.

Katie KerleySupporting Neurodivergent People to be their most Authentic Selves

How to ensure neuro-affirmative and person centred practice as a therapist to enable Neurodivergent people to live their best lives. We do this by identifying and meeting support needs, adapting the environment (physical, social, cultural and institutional), being trauma informed, honouring communication preferences, providing means and opportunities of communication suited to each individual, embracing all aspects of a person’s identity and following their lead when it comes to what brings meaning to their life.



Cole SorensenSupporting Nonspeaking Autistic People through the Framework of Self-Determination

Behaviorist methods are commonplace when it comes to supporting nonspeaking autistic people in particular, but these methods can have significant negative consequences. This session will discuss alternative methods of supporting nonspeaking autistic people, both within AAC interventions and in a broader sense, through the framework of promoting autonomy, self-determination, and dignity of risk.

Evaleen Whelton- ABA shows no appreciation for Autistic Communication 

Supporting Autistic children to self advocate is where our focus needs to be. ABA is the opposite of self advocacy.


On-demand course – this course is pre-recorded. When purchased you will receive full access to the presentations and materials in your account under “my courses”