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While they can be difficult to share, our stories are critical for influencing change. Our stories help others to realize that they are not alone and that they too can influence change. Our stories can influence members of the media to investigate and write articles that can inspire change. Our stories can connect with lawmakers who can change the law to protect our children and our loved ones. Please share your story and let us know how we can use it to influence change.


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Here are stories from parents, advocates, educators and others related to the use of restraint and seclusion.

Compassion and positive relationships – not restraint

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.

Nightmares from the “the naughty room”

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.

Is your child being locked up at school in Canada?

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.

Segregation and Restraint

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

Ben’s Story

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

No restraining, just keeping kids busy and loved!

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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