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NASDDDS Position Statement on the Use of Aversive Interventions

NASDDDS (2015) 

At the June 9th board meeting, the board of directors of NASDDDs adopted a position statement on Behavioral Support which rejects the use of aversive interventions (those intended to inflict pain, discomfort and/or social humiliation in order to reduce behavior) and promote the use of Positive Behavioral Support practices that are founded on the assumption that all behavior is a form of communication and that behavior serves a purpose for the person. PBS is a person-centered approach that begins with a vision to help an individual achieve a preferred lifestyle that includes maintaining a social network and being involved in their community.   

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