This controversy led me to further investigate the use of aversives for individuals with disabilities.
The six interviewees participated in a field experience with the use of aversives for one semester.
As educators, the authors' plan is to never use aversives.
Anyone who has watched the police drama NCIS: Navel Criminal Investigative Service on the CBS network has witnessed aversive intervention (Bellisario, 2010).
What can behavior analysis learn from the aversives controversy?
The consequence can be the introduction of an aversive stimulus (i.
Trumbull County Board of Education, 1995), an Ohio appeals court reversed the dismissal of a teacher who employed aversives
on limited occasions, including applying hot sauce to curb the "pica" behavior of a child with multiple disabilities.
The fact that the same behavior might act as a reinforcer in another situation would argue against including running in a general class of aversives
Most positive trainers (including myself) are opposed to the use of aversives
, which by definition inflict pain, discomfort, fear, and anxiety on the dog.
The dog may still enjoy the activity, although perhaps not as fully as if the aversives
weren't in use.
Even a small amount of aversive
things mixed into an otherwise very positive training program can poison a dog's willingness and interest in training.
3 Consider fear issues: A temporary environmental aversive
can create a negative association with the location where it occurs.