4 comments on “Normie moron of the week award, part one

  1. Richard Alan Walba thinks that he’s never wrong, but deep down inside, he’s very insecure. He’s a fraud of a therapist. The minute someone tries to challenge him on one of his incredibly controversial opinions, he gets really defensive and resorts to name calling and personal attack. A true therapist wouldn’t say those things.

    I have Asperger’s, and I know plenty of people who also have it. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly why people don’t like us. We can be a bit soft-spoken, shy, and awkward. However it’s people like Richard Alan Walba who make me realize why we’re given such a bad reputation. He is incredibly rude and has absolutely no social skills, not even on the internet. So yes, I feel your pain. Richard Alan Walba’s insults hurt. Richard Alan Walba even uses autistic traits to attack people. Quite the low blow for someone who parades around as a “therapist.”

    • It is always good to get an insight into the enemy, so to speak. Your explanation of him both answers and brings up a lot of questions. One thing that comes to mind is whether by “fraud of a therapist”, do you mean he is actually an on-paper qualified therapist, or is he fraudulently claiming that he is a therapist? I never like to assume anything.

      When I wrote this entry originally, it was not so much a case of being hurt as a case of being offended that this person presumes to make all of these proclamations about the autistic and expects them to be taken as fact, even when they are flat-out crap. There are ways to tell people things about the reality of the autistic spectrum that work, and ones that do not. For example, Professor Tony Attwood has written in some works that epileptic-like seizures and seizure disorders are more common in the autistic population. I think that one reason why I find it easier to listen to such statements from Attwood is because, having spoken with him in person, I found he is generally a more courteous and reasonable person than I am used to.

      Again, I am curious about two things. One, does Walba actually proclaim himself to be a therapist? And two, does he have any academic qualifications?

      • He says he works with autistic individuals, which is alarming considering how offensive he can be. He has no problem flinging insults around that actually hurt people. I think he gets off on the power. He doesn’t acknowledge differences in opinion very well, which you’d think would be a prerequisite for any kind of therapeutic work. He doesn’t explicitly use the word “therapist” to describe himself, but I got this from his facebook: “I also originated Adaptive Imaging Technique. Currently the only remedy for the sensory issues that are at the core of all social and executive functioning problems experienced by those on the Autism Spectrum, making it the first and only intervention that can meet the relatively sophisticated needs of adolescents and adults, as well as the needs of parents with young children. And also providing the most effective means of actually incorporating desired changes. Drawing from my previous work, the system also contains the most effective means of dealing with physical issues. An offshoot of AIT is also proving very effective with lower-functioning individuals, particularly with older children and adults, showing superior results over conventional methods in executive function, self regulation and physical function.”

        He has no academic degrees in psychology, or anything pertaining to neurological science for that matter. He only has a degree in mechanical engineering. It sounds to me like he’s just a guy who thinks he’s the expert. He also had this to say: “I never pursued a professional career in the field, which has yet to catch up. While they do interesting things with drugs and supplements, the actual physical training as taught in academic circles is still in the stone knives and bearskin category.”

        • I am not sure what the right way to respond to this individual’s claims and words would be, honestly. I do not believe that a person who claims to be a therapist of any kind should be allowed to do so when they have no academic qualifications relating to the fields of psychology or neuropsychology. I do not know what the law is in respect to this, but I do regard such claims as being fraudulent, and if there is one thing that the field of psychology can do without these days, it is people making fraudulent claims.

          The question of what Adaptive Imaging Technique is and how it works is one worth asking, too. Has he ever published a paper on it and had it subjected to peer review (if not, then it can be instantly dismissed as fraud)?

          I will cut this one short because I believe I have said everything that needs to be said concerning this man’s claims. But the “…has yet to catch up.” claim is a common one amongst frauds and failures in the field of psychology. It is a classic denial and substitution. The fraud claims that they have something great that only they are privy to, and that it is everyone else that has got it wrong. This is especially the case if said suspected fraud has never offered any academic papers or research for peer review. The researches of individuals like Hans Asperger, Simon Baron-Cohen, and Tony Attwood (to name but a few) have been subjected to this process and survived it. They are revered among psychologists whose dealings have regard to autism. The two are very related.

          Much as I hate to say things like this, I believe that Richard Alan Walba should be investigated and possibly prosecuted for fraud.

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