Retrospection and Recommendations for Reducing Unnecessary Restraint & Seclusion

Unnecessary restraint and seclusion are frequently used on students with severe disabilities. This session will examine the changes in federal legislation regarding educating students with challenging behaviors and describe several practical recommendations to reduce unnecessary restraint and seclusion. An emphasis will be placed on family involvement and collaboration using a team problem-solving model.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Discuss changes in the legal mandates pertaining to meeting the needs of students with challenging behaviors.
  2. 2. Identify practical recommendations for eliminating unnecessary restraint and seclusion.
  3. 3. Understand the perspectives of parents of children who have been restrained.
  4. 4. Identify ways in which parents can be involved in a team decision-making process.

Joanne Eichinger, Adam Moore, Jennifer Connolly, Wil Beaudoin