Restraint and Seclusion

Texas law states that seclusion is not allowed. They are, however, allowed to use time-out:

A school employee, volunteer, or independent contractor may use time-out with the following limitations.

(1) Physical force or threat of physical force must not be used when placing a student in time-out.

(2) “may only be used in conjunction with an array of positive behavior intervention strategies and techniques and must be included in the student’s IEP and/or BIP if it is utilized on a recurrent basis to increase or decrease a targeted behavior.”

(3) “must not be implemented in a fashion that precludes the ability of the student to be involved in and progress in the general curriculum and advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals specified in the student’s IEP.”

Restraint means the use of physical force or a mechanical device to significantly restrict the free movement of all or a portion of the student’s body. A school employee, volunteer, or independent contractor may use restraint only in an emergency and with the following limitations.

(1) Restraint must be limited to the use of such reasonable force as is necessary to address the emergency.
(2) Restraint must be discontinued at the point at which the emergency no longer exists.
(3) Restraint must be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the student and others.
(4) Restraint must not deprive the student of basic human necessities.”

“Emergency means a situation in which a student’s behavior poses a threat of: (A) imminent, serious physical harm to the student or others; or (B) imminent, serious property destruction.”

Is this being implemented in the best interest of your child and others? Numerous students have died during improper restraints, some going as far and having a person sit on the child until they can’t breathe. Your child is more likely to be restrained at school than be the victim of a shooting.

What are your thoughts?

Back to School 2019-2020

Welcome to the new school year.

Tips for a successful year:

Meet your child’s teacher.

Have your child’s IEP ready and available.

Talk to your child about their IEP if you feel they are old enough to understand

Keep on a schedule. Keeping things routine will help your child know what to expect and will reduce meltdowns

Help your child to stay organized. Look through their folder or binder nightly.

The ADHD female

Many males are diagnosed with ADHD at an early age. However, females are often overlooked.

Females with ADHD often exhibit different symptoms than males and go overlooked by parents, teachers and professionals.

SYMPTOMS:

Many times, the ADHD female find that they are often people pleasers. They are more withdraw and have the desire to be “perfect”. You may see ADHD females as loud talkers or talking a lot to friends, but not adults outside the home. They get frustrated because people won’t be able to understand their thinking. ADHD females tend toward seeing the bigger picture. They are not detail oriented and often daydream and seem to be miles away lost in thought. Teachers assume they have poorer academic skills than they do because even though they talk a lot, they have difficulty standing up for themselves and tend away from arguments.

80-85% of the diagnosis of ADHD is often presented as depression. Self-worth and self-esteem plummet due to inability to achieve their perceived need for perfection. This also results in a high level on anxiety.

YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE?

If you feel you are ADHD, take a few minutes per day to Breath, Move and Hydrate. Breathing helps us re-center and calm the brain. Moving helps us to feel like we are achieving our goals. And water helps the brain to achieve optimal functioning.

If you feel like this could be you or your child, contact a primary care doctor, therapist or psychiatrist for treatment options.

Medication breaks during holidays

During holidays many parents allow their  children to have “medication breaks” when it comes to ADHD medication.  There are numerous websites that encourage it and others that discourage it.    In my personal experience, it always seems harder to get students back on track after a holiday.

So here are some pros and cons to help you make the decision. .

According to WebMd:

Pros…

  • A medication break can ease side effects of the medication; loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and weight loss.
  • It MAY boost your child’s growth.
  • Gives child a chance to practice how to act without medication.

Cons…

  • Going without medication (even for a little break) can make your child’s symptoms reappear or get worst
  • It might take a while for the medication to work again.  For example, you take him/her off meds for Thanksgiving.  They go back to school the following Monday, but it takes 2 days for it to really become effective. Meanwhile, your child is missing out on instruction because they are having a difficult time concentrating.

Ultimately, it is your choice. However always consult with your pediatrician on the issue.  Some medications need to be reduced slowly.

Also, school personnel can NEVER tell you that your child needs medication. They are not doctors and many of the concerns for a child without ADHD meds can be alleviated with the correct goals and accommodations in their IEP or 504 plan. 

Contact me if you have questions and have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

817-602-9677

Autism and Halloween

When trick – or – treating, remember that a child with Autism can be very sensitive to loud noises, crowds and changes in routines.

  • If you can, discuss with your child what to expect when trick -or-treating i.e. social norms.
  • Sometimes a set of headphones will block out the majority of the noise.  However, if you use this be cautious of cars not paying attention.
  • Try to stay away from large groups of people.
  • Give them warning before you stop trick-or-treating. For example, “We have _____ number of houses left before we go home.”
  • Remind your child that some of the things he/she sees are not real.
  • If needed, have him/her wear a weighted vest or blanket.