To end the use of restraint and seclusion, you're going to need new lenses, new timing, and new practices

There are many factors that have contributed to an over-reliance on restraint and seclusion procedures in schools. There’s no question that many students are unavailable for learning, are not medically or behaviorally stable, and respond to frustration in ways that can be scary and unsafe. 

But there are other factors that have little to do with characteristics of the kids. For example, much of the training that school staff receive to help them prevent crises are actually primarily focused on managing crises. Staff have also been led to believe that such training helps keep them and their students safer, when there are actually no data supporting this claim. And many staff are still viewing challenging behavior through old, inaccurate lenses and still relying on traditional behavior management procedures, which can actually precipitate challenging episodes. 

The free resources on this website are aimed at helping you reduce your reliance on restraint and seclusion, with the ultimate goal of complete elimination of these practices (an idea that isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem). It’s time to recognize these practices for what they are: obsolete, counterproductive, and unnecessary. The resources are organized in the three sections below to help you change your lenses, timing, and practices. Welcome!

1. Your New Lenses Have Arrived

And they’re going to have you focusing on problems, not behavior

2. Timing Is Everything

You want to be early, but your training may be making you late

3. This is Going to Be Hard

But not that hard…and the only thing you have to lose is a lot of restraints, seclusions, and injuries

The resources on this website are provided free of charge by the non-profit Lives in the Balance.