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[under development] Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 750]
Action Promulgating new regulation governing seclusion & restraint in public elementary & secondary schools
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 4/19/2019
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4/18/19  9:41 pm
Commenter: K H

Restraint and seclusion violate human rights, basic psychology principles and fundamentals of IDs
 
The fact that this is even an argument completely baffles me. Special needs children deserve our support, they deserve our efforts to give them a quality education and a trusting environment and relationship to learn. There are few neurotypical people who are able to learn in stressful environments with the expectations of compliance. Why would we put a heavier expectation on a child? Our educators should have proper training in SUPPORT and deescalation. They should be able to restrain their impulses and assist the child to work through their needs. Sensory needs should be a top priority. Understanding of sensory needs is vital to many special needs children. Basic psychology understands that behavior is communication. That communication should be responded to with further respectful communication. I don't know any adult that would respond "appropriately" to a demand while they are experiencing discomfort. Children who are responded to with restraint and seclusion are being taught that they don't matter, not over the comfort of the adult in charge. I've spoken with some of these administrators and the way they speak about these children in personal conversations is appalling. They attempt to bribe children into behaving and ignoring their internal compass. They have no compassion. It's an unprofessional method. Is this real life? A CHILD in distress is forced into restraints and seclusion, causing further distress and people are okay with this? It's inhumane. Lock these administrators away until they can find a better way of communicating with children.