Frequent Restraints as Ineffective Behavior Management

Here is an excellent article on consequences of and successful alternatives to use of restraints for dangerous student behavior. A quote:

“The REAL (Relevant, Experiential, Authentic, Learning) School, run by the Brunswick School Department, serves a similar student population as the Bangor Regional Program. But it doesn’t use restraints and seclusions at all, said Page Nichols, a restorative learning specialist at the program.

“We fundamentally disagree with restraints and seclusions as practices,” she said. “We’re trying to teach our students self-management skills. Restraints and seclusions really take away that personal power we’re trying to develop in them.”

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