Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In 2016 Massachusetts revoked the license of the Eagleton School, which did Applied Behavior Analysis, because the state charged five staffers, at first, and eventually sixteen, with different kinds of criminal abuse of autistic boys.



Video from Fay (April 8, 2016). WWLP.com22 News.

Massachusetts revoked the license of the Eagleton School, which did Applied Behavior Analysis, because the state charged five staffers, at first, and eventually sixteen, with different kinds of criminal abuse of autistic boys.

Was Massachusetts getting ready to close the Judge Rotenberg Center of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis electric GED skin shock? ABA's GED is not the ECT brain shock of psychiatry. ECT is not supposed to hurt. ABA claims it wouldn't be so "effective" in "decelerating the frequency rates of challenging behaviors" without causing so much pain. GED stands for the "Graduated Electronic Decelerator." See Davies (August 9, 2014). “Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center of Canton, Massachusetts and neighboring towns.

Here is the archived link to Eagleton's old profile, before Massachusetts revoked their license. Look at the rosy picture they painted of their "Applied Behavior Analysis" institution. Eagleton said it did Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), mostly on autistic boys, grade 5-12.

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This final section of this post is copied and pasted word for word from Altieri (April 29, 2017). Applied Behavior Analysis has a Terrible Timeline it will never publish and here it is.

Remember. Never believe anything an ABAer claims is true in her brag sheets. [Edit note: An ABA Controller is usually a woman, so I often, but not always, use just the "she" pronoun for them, instead of the cumbersome "he or she" or the confusing, grammatically-incorrect singular "they." DA.]

Look at how the Eagleton School said wonderful things about itself in January, 2016. Two weeks later Eagleton's sh*t hit the ABA fan. Massachusetts investigators invaded their "bucolic" Western Massachusetts campus and shut them down. The state charged 16 of their staffers with various kinds of criminal abuse against their grade 5-12, all-boy, mostly autistic and other kinds of childhood and teenage victims.

These are the terms Eagleton used to promote themselves to unsuspecting parents who would read their marketing ploys and sign the informed consent documents:
Kurt Garivaltis, Admissions Director. Admissions Associate Chad Astore. Grades 5-12. Founded 1977. Eagleton School is a residential psycho-educational treatment center for boys and young, men with, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, trauma issues, challenging behavioral problems, and/or learning disabilities. A structured milieu facilitated in an open setting provides socialization, challenges, and opportunities for working toward a positive self-image and reintegration into home and community. Eagleton operates its residential/academic program year round providing intensive education and counseling, and unique experiential and pre-vocational opportunities in a safe, predictable environment. Eagleton School is a residential psycho-educational treatment center for boys and young, men with challenging behavioral problems, developmental disorders, psychiatric disorders, emotional disturbances, trauma issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or learning disabilities. Eagleton School has successfully provided 24 hour residential, educational and therapeutic programming for many generations of adolescent boys during the past 38 years of its existence. The school is nestled on a scenic 46 acre campus within the bucolic Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, in the town of Great Barrington. Services provided to the young men at Eagleton School are focused around the educational, interpersonal, and social growth of each individual student. This has enabled them to return to their home school district and communities with the skills necessary to display positive behaviors, handle the stressors of life on life's terms, and the vocational and academic skills needed to become gainfully employed, productive members of society. Since our inception, the population of Eagleton students has dramatically evolved. Like many older residential treatment facilities, our roots are in the behaviorally disordered, juvenile delinquent population. Approximately twenty years ago, with the addition of the addition of a sophisticated clinical team, Eagleton began to serve a more psychiatric population which included organic mental illness and trauma survivors. In the past decade, the population shifted again, through the explosion of growth with students on the autism spectrum. At this time, approximately 75% of our current population maintains a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum Disorder co-morbid with other diagnoses. Additionally, this year Eagleton broke ground on a state-of-the-art self-contained program servicing the severely autistic young man. Applied Behavior Analysis and intensive staffing augment the structured milieu. [Bold italics added. DA] Eagleton school. (January 19, 2016. Profile last updated. August 9, 2016. Most current web archive date. Private School Review).
Altieri (May 5, 2016). Berkshire County. Massachusetts charges Eagleton School staff with abuse and revokes its license. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]

Ropek (May 4, 2016). Nine former employees of Eagleton school for boys with autism charged with abusing students; arrest warrant issued for one. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]

Gentile (May 4, 2016). Nine additional former Eagleton School staffers facing assault charges. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]
This brings to 16 the number of Eagleton employees who have been charged in the case. The residential school for boys with special needs was closed last month following a state-led multi-agency investigation.... A police raid on January 30 triggered the investigation, which, according to state officials, revealed a school-wide pattern of abuse, reportedly over the course of several years....
Four of the defendants charged Monday are from Berkshire County. They are Eric D. Williams, 34, Derek L. Saunders, 42, and Alexis Lopez, 23, all of Pittsfield; and Martin G. Schmidt, Jr., 46, of Lenox. Williams faces one count of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person. Saunders faces the same charges plus assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Schmidt is charged with three counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Lopez faces six counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person, as well as one count of assault and battery with intent to inflict injury.
Also arraigned were Michael Bell, 44, of Watervliet, N.Y., who was charged with one count each of assault and battery; Justin Senecal, 26, of Palmer, one count each of assault and battery on a disabled person; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with intent to cause injury.
Darien C. Sinclair, 24, of Albany, N.Y., was charged with three counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person and Christopher O. Welch, 24, of also of Watervliet was charged with one count each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person.
Isaac H. Harris-El, 41, of Watervliet, was also summonsed but did not appear in court.
He faces the most charges: six counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on disabled person and one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempting to intimidate a victim or witness and assault and battery with intent to cause injury.
All eight defendants pleaded not guilty and were all released on their own recognizance.
Fact. January 30, 2016. Berkshire County, Massachusetts. "A police raid at the Eagleton School triggered an investigation, which, according to state officials, revealed a school-wide pattern of abuse, reportedly over the course of several years (Gentile, May 4, 2016)." The state eventually revoked its license. They did ABA to autistic boys.


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