Seclusion and Restraint in Schools – Literature, Policy, and Practice

Seclusion and restraint are occurring at alarming rates in schools.  The media, along with TASH, have highlighted the deaths and injuries of students resulting in a federal response from legislature. The presentation reviews historical findings, quantitative studies, and current policies.  Proposed federal legislation could lead to prohibiting seclusion and restraint.  It is essential to find alternative ways to support students, allowing access to general education. By the end of the session, participants will be able to a) Explain the current definitions of seclusion and restraint based on proposed federal legislation b) Identify how seclusion and restraint became institutionalized in the United States c) Summarize how seclusion and restraint are being used in schools d) Discuss ways to support students through positive behavior interventions and supports as alternatives to the use of seclusion and restraint.