October MiNavigator Newsletter

For our October issue, we felt it was a good time to provide some professional guidance and interpretation for Michigan’s new Seclusion and Restraint legislation – being implemented across the state this school year. Many of you may not realize the impact of these new laws, but for some parents who have experienced previously unfair (and in some cases, unsafe) practices of seclusion and restraint against their own child, the significance of this educational reform cannot be understated.

Breaking Down Restraint and Seclusion

A pupil leans on her desk in an empty classroom in Sofia 25 September 2007. Thousands of Bulgarian teachers around the country begun an indefinite effective strike 24 September 2007, seeking to double their pay. Education Minister Daniel Valtchev has offered primary and secondary school teachers, who earn an average of 200 euros per month, pay increases of 32 percent. AFP PHOTO/ BORYANA KATSAROVA (Photo credit should read BORYANA KATSAROVA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.