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ERIC Number: ED389118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-12
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
An Overview of Standards and Policy on the Use of Time-Out as a Behavior Management Strategy.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This study investigated state policy, court litigation, and accreditation standards with respect to the use of time-out as a behavior management strategy in special education programs. The study's emphasis was on existing standards concerning the use of locked time-out rooms and student supervision requirements during the application of time-out. The first section reviews a sample of applicable state policy on the use of time-out from Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Kentucky. The second section looks at case law, focusing on a recent briefing paper published by EDLAW, Inc. titled "Disciplining Disruptive Handicapped Students" (K. S. Mehfoud and S. J. Rosenfeld). This paper makes recommendations regarding the use of time-out, such as its inclusion in the student's Individualized Education Program, and also provides specific procedural recommendations for implementing time-out interventions. The third section discusses accreditation standards pertaining to the use of time-out in residential and health care facilities. The paper concludes that most states leave the development of behavior managemen procedures, including time-out, to local education agencies; that time-out rooms should not be locked and the child should be constantly observed while confined to the room; and that it is important to keep consistent data on the frequency of the target behavior to make sure time-out is having its intended effect. (DB)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc., 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 320, King Street Station 1, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared by Project FORUM.