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Mass. school at center of treatment controversy

In this July 15, 2014, photo, a therapist walks with a student past paintings by students at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Mass. Many students at the school, who were born with Autism and development disorders, wear shocking devices to control violent outbreaks. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the devices used at the center, the only place in the country known to use electrical shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive students. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.

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