Self-advocacy, or speaking up for oneself, is a very important skill for people with disabilities. But it can also be very difficult. Self-advocacy requires certain skills that a child with autism (especially one who has had many years of ABA - and therefore been taught to just do, without thinking) will likely have to be taught. Children with autism do not learn these skills intrinsically like their non-disabled peers. Difficulties with self-advocacy have a negative impact on self-esteem.