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Special Segment (Therapy or Torture?) #540538

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 30, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Providence, Rhode Island) Controversial therapy for autistic children at Behavior Research Institution (BRI) featured; scenes shown. [Brendan Sussi's MOTHER - praises son's progress.] [PARENT - agrees.] [State investigator Betty McCLURE - decries BRI's use of aversives on students.] Recent court ruling on therapy discussed. [Former BRI EMPLOYEES - describe alleged abuse of children.] [Dr. Matthew ISRAEL - defs. program.] BRI's and Israel's California legal problems reviewed. [Yale Child Study Center spokesperson Dr. Don. COHEN - explains national ramifications for use of aversive therapies in outcome of BRI case.] [Dr. Anne DONNELLAN - opposes intensive aversive intervention.] "Maurice" cited as example; withdrawal of Paul Yamen from BRI explained. [Yamen's MOTHER - accuses Israel of treating children like animals.] [ISRAEL - responds.] [PARENT - defs. Israel.]
REPORTER: Lisa Myers

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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