Seclusion and Restraint
The Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress Position on Seclusion and Restraint
- Restraint is only appropriate in instances of IMMINENT DANGER and must end as soon as the danger has passed (for example, restraint could be used at school to stop a child from bolting through an open door toward a busy street, but must end as soon as the door is closed).
- Repeated instances of restraint require an immediate IEP meeting and, likely, a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and plan to correct the conditions that create the need for restraint.
- Seclusion IS NEVER an appropriate response to a behavioral issue.
PARENTS SHOULD NEVER ALLOW RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION TO BE INCLUDED IN AN IEP.
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