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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I am not sure if you watch Primetime and saw how they were shocking children with self injurious behaviors??
"Aversive stimulation" shocking the skin of children with autism or other special needs.
Zachary was self - injurious and at times would have been considered aggressive if you didn't know him or understand how he was interpreting his environment.
It was horrible to see these kids getting shocked. They would never do this to animals. I just wish they knew to try to treat them for pain.
I am so lucky that zachary is getting helped my intelligent and compassionate doctors.
I hope that Zachary's story will be passed around to people who saw Primetime and think that they are so desperate and that they might have hope no mater how messed up it was.
This should not be done in a school by people who are not medically trained just a two weeks traiing and a high school diploma and you can work there. ( probably as an aide)
I know what it's like to watch your child bite their skin. Zachary has scars from biting. I looked like tires rolled over my arms.
I rolled up in sheets and locked up in a closet turn padded cell. Never once did it seem reasonable to hurt him to punish him.
I am so sorry for their suffering. I hope to get my story out so people won't want to try shocking their kids to make them stop.
I am not saying my son is healed. I am not saying this is easy. I am not saying zach is ready to be independent. I am saying we are ok today. I am saying pain medication allows him to stop hurting himself.