If you have been with us for a while, you know that we are passionate about the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for improving quality of life. We advocate frequently for the use of reinforcement based strategies to address challenging behavior. As you know, the use of procedures such as timeout rooms (also known as seclusion rooms or scream rooms as some folks in Connecticut call them) and/or restraint have come under fire recently. If you have not been following us, you can learn more about that here, here, and here.
Not too long ago, Senator Harkin proposed the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020 and H.R. 1381). The bill requires each state to develop formal policies regarding restraint and seclusion. To read the entire text of the bill, visit here.
The Keeping All Students Safe Act is going to hearing on Thursday June 28th. Now is the time to let your US Senators and Representatives know how you feel about this Act.
If you have opinions about this Act, we would love for you to share them in the comments section. Have you read the Act? What do you think about it?