Ed Department Discourages Use of Restraint and Seclusion


Young boy in a wheelchair at a desk in a classroom.

The U.S. Department of Education released 15 principles in May 2012 that educators and other stakeholders can use to create policies that reduce or eliminate restraint and seclusion. The document emphasizes the importance of preventive measures and that restraint and seclusion should never be used as punishment, but only if a child’s behavior poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self or others. The resource also highlights the need for staff training and communication with parents about any use of these practices.

For more information, see Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities has been working to promote the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports for many years, as evidenced by two projects through the Education Service Center for Region 17 in Lubbock. One project deals with students in Head Start and the other focuses on reducing the disproportionate referral rate of special education students and some minorities to out-of-classroom placements.