Monday, October 20, 2008

Timeout rooms

"After failing to finish an assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school’s timeout room — a converted storage area under a staircase. Isabel, who has autism, was left alone there for three hours and wet herself before she was finally allowed to leave. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit."

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Anonymous said...

Time out Rooms Started in 1971 with the Kent school District in Washington State .This program was patterned after a program at Western State Mental hospital for patients with behavioral disorders and discipline problems.The concept used in schools today is no different nationwide than it was back in 1971.Yet not many people know what harm and lasting ill effects it bears on children in their development stages. Being locked in a dark isolated unsafe environment is mentally unhealthy for any child.This event extinguishes the child's ability to become part of a group by being separated from the group and learning good behavior.It also kills self confidence and the ability for a child to belong to a group and know what appropriate behaviors are acceptable. Educators should not be allowed to decide whether a child may have behavioral disorders this should only be decided by a clinical doctor with years of experience with these issues. (Not teacher's with limited psychological training, or school Psychologists of which are too willing to find in favor of whatever the school decides).
Some would say this is no different than being in a concentration camp or being a prisoner of war .
WWW.ACLU.ORG THIS ORGANIZATION LOOKS TO UPHOLD CHILDRENS AND PEOPLE'S CIVIL RIGHTS . )What is your state's law on (AVERSIVE INTERVENTIONS)??
Maybe someday someone will save the children !