Just shock 'em. It's entertaining!
Well, Joe linked to a recent story about a fellow who allegedly shocked his four children with dog collars and compared it to the treatment autistic people receive at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts:
"Now the only problem is that the dog collar that Marcum used was probably a lot less powerful than the one that is routinely used at the JRC. The dog collar is a small, self contained unit, while the JRC devices need a backpack to haul around. The dog collar will stimulate for up to a half second, while the 'GED' devices used by the JRC will shock you for up to 2 seconds."
"I found out while poking around that dog collars are subject to legal regulations, which state (amongst other things) that they can be applied for no more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period, and they can't put out more than 15 milliamps root mean square. The JRC uses devices that put out an average (not maximum of 15 milliamps RMS, and a maximum of 45 milliamps RMS (fully three times as powerful as the maximum allowed for a dog collar)."
My neighbours used to have a really BAD dog that would bite children. He was *supposed* to have gotten rid of it. It was on one of those electric fence things, except this guy was cheap and didn't even bother to bury it in his back yard. The dog would constantly escape and it seemed to me that each time he was "out," he was more scary than the last.
Autistic people are not animals! But the principle of 'training' your animal or child... of supervising and instructing, remains the same. I have to wonder if that BAD dog began as a bad dog, or if he were just a neglected dog turned angry. Well... anyway. No, I don't mean to suggest my children are performing in a poodle circus, but that when we encounter hitting, we tell the child "no" and offer alternatives, or find out WHY the behaviour continues... or... well, we do something other than zapping the kid, I'm thinking. Eventually, the child learns other methods of negotiation or anger management. (That's what I mean by "training," especially since we have no musical, showbiz or circus talent here. Sorry to disappoint.)
Oh, hey! That reminds me that I want to show you all my new ring soon. Our speech therapist got it for us and I put it together. Off to take a picture!