The words 'restraints and seclusion' get a lot ofattention in
Vermont as well as across the country when used in educational
settings. But what are they? Who uses them? Why are they used?
A recent due process meeting was the impetus for this discussion
with guest Phelippa Hurley, an educational consultant and advocate
who filed a professional misconduct complaint with the parents of
a student who was continually restrained and secluded at a Rutland City school.
Susan Yuan, Ph.D., who appeared as a guest on my radio show in 2009 has
made it her life’s work to advocate for positive behavioral supports.
A committee member who helped author the Rules of Restraints and Seclusion
for the Agency of Education in the State of Vermont, Erin Maguire also
joined us. Erin is President of the Vermont Council of Special Education
This is an interesting, informative discussion that will surely give one
more insight into a topic worth knowing.