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A List of Questions You Can and Should Ask Your Child's School District about the "Training" Their Staff May Have Had on Restraint and Seclusion

The Coalition for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, December 7, 2009

Many times school districts will tell the parents of a special needs child that there may be a time when their child will "need to be restrained or put into seclusion."

Depending on the laws and policies of your state, it may be a legal requirement that restraints and seclusions may only be used in an emergency or if used in accordance with the child's individualized education plan (IEP) or behavior intervention plan (BIP). In other words, a district may be required to have your signature on file before restraint/seclusion may be used.

Parents wonder (as they should) how safe these techniques are; oftentimes, parents are reassured when districts inform parents the district's staff "is appropriately trained."

Unfortunately, this may or may not be the case.

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