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Restraints, Seclusions Target Students With Autism, New Report Shows

by Lisa Chedekel | Feb 10, 2014 12:00pm
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Posted to: Education, Health Care, Legal

Jordan Harrison graphic Children with autism were the most frequently subjected to restraint or seclusion in Connecticut schools in the 2012-13 school year, according to a new state report that tallied more than 33,000 incidents of physical restraint or seclusion in public schools and private special education programs.

The report from the state Department of Education shows that autism was the primary disability among special education students subject to “emergency” restraint or seclusion, with 40.4 percent of all such incidents involving a child with autism. Autism also accounted for nearly half of all cases in which children were put in seclusion as part of their individualized education plans, or IEPs.

The report shows a slight decline from the previous year in the overall number of students restrained or secluded, and a drop in reports of injuries – from 840 in 2011-12, to 378 last year. But the number of serious injuries rose from eight to 10, and more than 900 reported episodes of seclusion or restraint lasted more than an hour.

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posted by: Joebigjoe | February 10, 2014  4:45pm

I read the Courant version of this story as well, so at the risk of sounding mean or not caring I have to ask WTF?

If a student is not violent they should not be restrained. If a student is not being disruptive they should not be put into a special room.

Now having said that, unless these teachers and administrators, are idiots, I would say that if they followed the above two guidelines they acted appropriately.

I’m getting kind of tired of hearing stories from kids in our school system about some students hurting other students and swinging at teachers, and disrupting the classroom.

Mainstreaming doesn’t always work. I would not blame it as much on training as I would on certain kids just don’t belong in public schools and that’s not up to me or their parents, but up to their behavior and how it impacts others.