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Access: No seclusion in schools!

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  • Rosemary McDonald,

    There is a difference between ‘seclusion’ and ‘respite’. The latter is when a student needs some time away from others. Autistics of all ages frequently suffer from sensory or social overload, and need somewhere to rest and recuperate. This means a space which is quiet, separate from others, preferably with comfortable furniture, and which can, if necessary, be darkened.

    Thank you, thank you for clearly and decisively clarifying the difference between 'seclusion' and 'safe/respite' rooms. I fear that the latter will be flushed along with the dirty water of the former.

    And....I am hoping that you, or others with similar lived experience, have been engaged by the Ministry of Education as consultants...visiting schools and helping teachers and students better manage meltdowns.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1346 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    And….I am hoping that you, or others with similar lived experience, have been engaged by the Ministry of Education as consultants…visiting schools and helping teachers and students better manage meltdowns.

    In a more rational world, this would happen. I can't overemphasise how important to me the shared experience of ASD adults was in understanding my sons and what they were going through.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    You can make a submission regarding the use of seclusion and restraint in schools here

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/51SCES_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL69778_1/education-update-amendment-bill

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    More news about schools that have used solitary confinement, as Ministry drip-feeds info via OIA.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

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