I somewhat frequently see news stories and articles about the use (or misuse) of punishment and restraint with students with autism. Occasionally, these cases sadly result in physical and/or psychological harm to the student. While the use of restraint does have a place for emergency situations when implemented by staff with proper training, there are many cases where the use of restraint and punishment can be avoided. For January and February, Positively Autism will focus on alternatives to punishment and restraint procedures, as well as their safe and ethical use.
I hope you have a wonderful new year!
Nicole Caldwell, M.Ed.
Positively Autism Editor