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ERIC Number: EJ991788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Seclusion and Restraint: Federal Updates and Advocacy Opportunities
Vaillancourt, Kelly; Klotz, Mary Beth
Communique, v41 n2 p1, 26-27 Oct 2012
Over the past several years, allegations of abuse and death related to seclusion and restraint, media coverage of these events, subsequent federal investigations, and Congressional hearings about this topic have resulted in increased pressure on Congress to pass legislation to address the use of seclusion and restraint in the school setting. Currently, there are two pieces of federal legislation that are intended to regulate state and local policy regarding seclusion and restraint, and the U.S. Department of Education recently released a resource document related to this issue. Although the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) does not have a formal position regarding seclusion and restraint, the association actively promotes the use of preventive measures and positive behavioral supports (PBS) with all students. This article will provide background information relating to this legislation as well as NASP's response. The article will also highlight key recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education's (2012) "Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document," and summarize the behavioral practices that NASP promotes, including the role of the school psychologist in ensuring that all students' behavior is properly supported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States