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Treating Autism with Shock Therapy

Treating Autism with Shock Therapy Video

Watch the video of a clinic treating autism with shock therapy. Do you believe this practice is ready to be banned?

Just when I thought there was intelligent life on earth. How many of you out there knew about treating autism with shock therapy? If you are the parent of an autistic child then it has to be horrifying. Watch the latest news on the case still going on here. I’m not a doctor, so I’m uncomfortable with frontal lobotomy and shock treatment. All and all it just looks like torture to me.

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton is the only place in the country to use powerful electric shocks as aversive therapy. That practice is under renewed scrutiny with the release of video of it in use.

The video was recorded by one of the Rotenberg Center’s cameras and it shows 18-year-old Andre McCollins being restrained and shocked for hours in a classroom in 2002. The first recorded shock came after he refused to take off his coat, and later shocks came for yelling or when he tensed his body, both behaviors that his treatment plan called for shocks.

The video first came to light last week as McCollins’ civil trial began in Norfolk Superior Court. McCollins’ mother has already testified that the shocks amounted to “torture.”

The controversial treatment is already in the cross hairs of Senate Pres. Therese Murray, who said last week that the video was more evidence that the shocks should be banned outright in Massachusetts. Legislation to do so has failed in the past because of support for aversive therapies in the House. Speaker Robert DeLeo voiced concerns about the video but stopped short of calling for a ban.

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This image is taken from the video, watch to see the torturous shocking exposed

Like I said, I’m not a doctor but if I were a patient and had been held in restraints for hours, if they were to remove the restraints from  me I would probably get up fighting too, especially if I had been subject to hours and hours of shock treatment while in restraints. I would be looking to conk heads and find the nearest exit. That’s just me.

These doctors react to this behavior by returning the child to restraints and electrifying his body beyond belief.

Are we so in the dark about autism and therapy that we have to do this? Is treating autism with shock therapy valid or draconian? Tell me what you think and share it with others.