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Water Misting

Water misting is an aversive punishment technique that involves spraying a light mist of water in the client's face, contingent on presentation of the undesired behavior. As a behavior change technique, water misting has several advantages. First, it is relatively easy to carry out. There is little need for training, and the mist can be delivered quickly and easily. Second, although there is relatively little discomfort, water misting has been shown to effectively suppress behavior. Finally, water misting is generally more socially acceptable than other punishment procedures such as electric shock or the presentation of aromatic ammonia.

The use of water mist has generally been reserved for self-stimulatory and self-injurious behaviors (SIB) that cannot be managed through the use of nonaversive techniques. These behaviors ...

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