Here at Think:Kids, we have been an active part of the effort to reduce, if not eliminate, the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and other institutional settings for well over a decade. Our approach, Collaborative Problem Solving, was implemented as the model of care at Cambridge Health Alliance’s child and adolescent inpatient units in 2000, with great success. Since then, it has become a treatment model and a discipline model in a range of child, adolescent, and even adult settings. And we are delighted that there has been particular growth of interest in the model in schools, where children of course spend the majority of their waking hours!
We therefore read with great excitement news of changes to the rules that govern restraint and seclusion in Massachusetts schools.
While there is still a long way to go to help schools think differently about students with challenging behavior, this is an important step in the right direction.
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