Packing therapy involves wrapping the individual in towels previously wet in cold water. The individual is then wrapped with blankets to help the body warm up.
The supporters of packing claim that it reinforces childrens' consciousness of their bodily limits, which in some psychiatric conditions (such as autism) becomes fragmented.
However some individuals on the autism spectrum, and some health care professionals, have described this treatment as a form of child abuse and a gross violation of basic human rights.
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