Year: 1974 Source: Psychology Today, v.7, no.8, (January 1974), p.76,79-80,82-84 SIEC No: 19850668

The article deals with the autistic child, its aberrant behaviors such as extreme tantrums, self-stimulatory behaviors, & self-destructive behaviors. The article considers self-mutilative behavior in particular. Electric shock and spanking as punishment were successful in controlling self-mutilative behavior. When an autistic child injures himself and you give him lots of attention, you are rewarding him for injuring himself. You are actually teaching him to self-mutilate.