|Reducing Restraint in Our Public and Private Schools: Views, Considerations, and Strategies
|Sunday, May 30, 2010
|3:00 PM–4:20 PM
|Area: DDA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
|CE Instructor: Amanda Little, Ph.D.
|Chair: William H. Ahearn (The New England Center for Children)
|RICHARD M. FOXX (The Pennsylvania State University)
|TIMOTHY R. VOLLMER (University of Florida)
|ALAN E. HARCHIK (May Institute)
|ALLEN J. KARSINA (The New England Center for Children)
|Abstract: The use of restraints in our public and private schools, always contentious, has received renewed scrutiny by public and private organizations (GAO, 2009). While individual cases of abuse involving restraint continue to draw attention, meaningful data on the use of restraint and correlated measures such as injuries remain difficult to find and even more difficult to evaluate. Schools and agencies charged with reducing or eliminating the use of restraints in their programs face difficult choices with little empirical guidance. When working with self-injurious and aggressive students, what are the alternatives to restraint? Have these alternatives been empirically evaluated? When and how should they be implemented? What are the risks of these alternatives? Are there circumstances where restraint may be the most humane and effective intervention? If so, is the elimination of restraint an appropriate goal? This panel discussion will examine these considerations and others, as well as different viewpoints on the use of restraint. Richard Foxx, Tim Vollmer, Alan Harchik, and Allen Karsina will serve as the Panelists for this discussion. Each Panelist will make opening remarks and then field questions from the audience. The discussion will be moderated by Bill Ahearn.