Breaking Down Restraint and Seclusion


February, 2017

MiNavigator Newsletter

Is it March already? I hope so. While a busy time at AAoM, as we prepare for Autism Awareness month in April, it’s never too early to think about spring and shaking off the winter chill. If you live in Michigan, I’m sure you share the same sentiment.

This month’s newsletter covers the newly enacted Seclusion and Restraint bills that were passed at the end of 2016. AAoM is so proud to have supported and advocated for this important legislation from the beginning. We hear from families and teachers on a regular basis who need more support and training for a child with challenging behaviors, who are subject to practices of seclusion and restraint that should be reserved for emergent situations. We are always conscious about placing blame. From our experience here at AAoM, we know that most educators want to do the best job for our kids, but often lack training and resources to prevent, and effectively manage difficult situations. We hope this new legislation will mean better outcomes for our students and teachers and per usual, AAoM is here for questions or concerns about implementation.

Enjoy the articles and I hope you have a great month.

Colleen Allen, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, Autism Alliance of MI
Governor Appointee, MI Autism Council

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