And now, I draw the line on this blog
5 years ago
Children with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) come from bad homes, and since we cannot change the homes, we cannot succeed with the children in our schools.
Children with E/BD are incapable of controlling their behavior or regulating their emotions, and it is up to us, the professionals, to control them.
Most children and youth with E/BD are so aggressive and violent they can be educated only in very restrictive settings.
The more serious the misbehavior of the children and youths under our care, the more intrusive and severe our methods must be in treating them.
Seclusion time-out and physical restraint are necessary interventions for the most serious and intractable of these youths.
The majority of students placed in seclusion during both school years came from elementary and middle school. High school students were rarely placed in time-out during either year (10.7% and 12.4% respectively). Restraints were also performed much more frequently among younger students during both years. During the 2002–2003 school year, the preponderance of all restraints (80.9%) were performed on elementary students. Students in middle school were much less likely to be restrained (14.7%), while high school students rarely (4.4%) experienced this procedure. During the second year, the elementary grades still represented the majority (67.9%) of all restraints performed, while no restraints were performed on high school students.
1. their possessing fewer mechanisms for coping with frustration,
2. staff may believe intrusive procedures may be more developmentally appropriate for younger children, or
3. that staff may be apprehensive to perform these procedures on larger and stronger individuals.