The AASR team is conducting research to better understand alternative approaches and better ways of working with children. These articles are more in depth and may include policy recommendations.

The problem with behaviorism: There are better ways to work with behaviorally challenging children

In this document Beth Tolley tells the history of positive behavior intervention and supports, the approach chosen by the national technical assistance center (, and the harm and contribution that approach is making to the disproportionate discipline rates for children with disabilities.

Education or Incarceration? Ending America’s school-to-prison pipeline

The purpose of this paper is to review the events and processes that have occurred over the past decades that have led to the changes in how the behaviors of children and youth are perceived and treated, the rise in disproportionality of disciplinary responses, and the efforts to reverse the trend to criminalize children.

Selected References

Conducting your own research or looking for references about the use of restraint and seclusion? This page contains numerous resources and links that might be helpful to anyone conducting research on the use of restraint and seclusion.


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