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Here are stories from parents, advocates, educators and others related to the use of restraint and seclusion.
The Story of Sam Maloney Today’s guest author is Debra Pierce Bellare. Debra has a background in education with a focus on alternative learning. Over the last ten years, she has been advocating to stop the harmful practice of restraint and seclusion used in the public and private school systems in New York State. Her son Sam, … Continue reading Making Positive Change Through Negative Experiences
I am a special education teacher of 15 years and have seen and experienced many challenging behaviors in children with disabilities. For many years, my job was working with severely disabled students. In the past year, I have been working with children with lower support needs. These are academically capable students some of whom might be considered twice-exceptional. Many of my co-workers contend that these children should “know better” when it comes to challenging behavior. I am required to be trained to restrain and write behavior intervention plans.
I often tell people that when our son Cole was born thirteen years ago with Down syndrome, that he flipped our world upside down in the best way. His love of life and ability to appreciate the moment is something we can all learn from. He has always been a loving, kind and funny little boy, just as he was when he was ten years old and started to be restrained and secluded at his school in Central Massachusetts.
With the help of Silas Brown of Global News, we are finally able to tell our story, and to warn other parents about what happened to our non-verbal, autistic daughter Lily, at her old school.
A family’s journey Today’s guest author is Amber Dawn. Amber is a resident of Des Moines, Iowa. Amber is an advocate for better teacher-parent relationships in the education system. Amber is a parent who’s willing to stand up for her son and others. It all started in Kindergarten, a teacher told me something was wrong with my … Continue reading Segregation and Restraint
As told by his mother, a special educator Today’s guest author is Jami Kihlstadius. Jami is a mother and special educator living in Georgia. My son, Ben (not his real name), has emotional and behavioral disabilities. He has extreme generalized anxiety which causes his brain to become “flooded.” Because he also has a diagnosis of developmental delay, … Continue reading Ben’s Story
I started school in 1958 in a classroom in a house in the little town of Lost Creek, West Virginia. According to my mother, I was ready for school two years before I could start because I set about mastering the set of skills necessary for students to learn before entering school that were listed … Continue reading A Moron Row, Knuckle Raps, and “Dunce Caps”
Maybe your child’s teacher should read it too Today’s guest author is Shelley. Shelley is a stay at home mom, whose son is her full time job. I have a son with special needs who is in the 3rd grade. Approximately 14 months ago I took my son to the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center due to … Continue reading If Johns Hopkins Children’s Center recommends it
A teachers journey Today’s guest author is Sharon Bense. After teaching special education in the public schools for 20 years, Sharon Bense, co-founded Clover Community School in Bentonville, Arkansas, to give students who learn differently a chance to attend a school created just for them. Sharon has a bachelors degree in psychology from the University Texas … Continue reading No restraining, just keeping kids busy and loved!
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