#39 - Restraint, Seclusion, & Special Needs

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The safety series continues with our guest Kimberly Sanders.

Kimberly is part of the executive team at Grafton Integrated Health Network. Her career started over 2 decades ago as a direct service provider. Early in her career, she had to administer hundreds, if not thousands, of restraints simply because there were no other options.

In this episode, we talk with Kim about the effects restraint and suclusion have not only on the individual who is being held or isolated against his or her will, but also the toll it has on educators and service providers.

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Mentioned in This Episode

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  • The department of education reported 122,000 restraints and seclusions in the 2016 school year, over 2/3 of which were performed on students with special needs. Chances are high that many incidents go unreported.
  • Many states across the country have few to no rules for restraint and seclusion. In many states parents do not need to be notified if their child was placed in restraint or seclusion. Click here to see what the law is in your state.
  • Restraining individuals is often a dangerous method for both the restrained and the restrainer. However, few support staff are trained in alternative methods. It is one of the reasons for high turnover in direct support staff.
  • The Ukeru System was rolled out in 2004. Since implementation at it’s first residential facility, restraint dropped from 6600 reported incidents in 2004 to a current incident number of ZERO for the 4th year in a row. 
  • The Ukeru System is catching on and now being used in 23 states in over 100 organizations with the same amazing and trending results. The crisis intervention training is cost effective and convenient. To find out more, click here.
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