For those who do not know much about ABA, I will start off by defining junk behavior. Junk behavior is typically known as any behavior that has the main purpose for gaining attention, whether the attention gained is bad or good. The theory to get rid of junk behavior is to ignore it, unless it is harming a person and or property. This is behind the thought that anything given attention, whether good or bad, will be repeated to replicate the attention given by the behavior. Like a lot of people when introduced to ABA, I thought that these ideas can only be used when dealing with individuals that have unique ways of thinking. Yea, I was wrong. Then one day on social media, it came across to me that all the posts I have ever seen on social media are junk behavior. That the reason why you see your friends and acquaintances post crazy stuff, is to get that extra like or start a debate. So in theory all that internet trolls are, are people exhibiting this junk behavior and we all fell for it. So much that we even elected an internet troll as our president. Heck even me writing a blog is junk behavior, because it is not necessarily needed, but only really to get people to read about my life and comment on it. I just thought this was interesting enough to write a short post about.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum