Padded box for students

United States
May 17, 2012 10:28pm CST
My jaw dropped when I saw this story on the local news. The school had detained her autistic child in a padded room! I can't believe this is legal! I understand if a child is out of control and violent while they wait for authorities and or the parents. But a child pacing and distracting a classroom is not a valid reason, no less a special ed room where they are trained to teach and manage various disabilities. My eldest has been in a classroom with an autistic child since they were both 3yrs old and they are 8-9yrs old respectivly and she tells me how he behaves in class and I agree he can a distraction in a classroom especially w/ him being non-verbal but he's not hurtful. I know every child is different in how it affects them and reacts differently but this IDK seems over the top. What is your opinion? http://fox6now.com/2012/05/15/mom-says-school-put-her-autistic-son-in-a-box/
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@dragon54u (31401)
• United States
18 May 12
I think it's unfair to everyone and cruel to the children with special needs to keep mainstreaming them. They call them special needs for a reason--their needs can't be met in the average classroom. It's ridiculous to mix them with kids that don't have such problems and everyone's education suffers. In trying to be compassionate and "normalize" these kids' educational experience we are only insuring that everyone suffers. Putting a child in a padded room rather than in an environment that would suit his/her needs is cruel.
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• United States
18 May 12
That's the problem. Many of these children are constantly being mainstreamed, and the sad thing is the majority of them can't be mainstreamed. That is just how it is. Now, I do know some people, and I have known some people, who were mainstreamed and it was successful, but I have known others who eventually had to be put into home because no one could do anything for them.
• United States
18 May 12
Padded rooms aren't that bad, but I don't think that a padded box would be any fun. They seem pretty small. Actually, I have been in a padded room before and I liked it because if I was angry or mad about something, I could just punch the wall without worrying about doing damage to myself or the wall. Many of my friend highly recommend them for the same reason I do, it's just a great way to get your emotions out. If you are having a bad day, a padded room really is the way to go. Parents usually have padded rooms for children who have mental disabilities and mental health issues because they do work for children who are very violent, and I mean very violent. My nephew was a violent kid, and I really do think he would have benefited from a padded room because of how many people he would hit in one day. This was a child who could not be controlled. No matter how many times people told him "no" or "don't do that" he would do it anyway, and boy could that kid hit and kick. He was lucky that I am a very tough woman and that I could take anything he threw at me. When it comes to violent kids, especially children with special needs or mental health issues, you have to have something because sometimes talking to them just won't work, and psych medications for children can be a Catch-22, so you need to have something to keep them from hurting themselves and others. A padded room probably wouldn't be a bad idea. We only talking about a few minutes to a hour and only for time outs.
• United States
18 May 12
Again, I really only think that the padded room is necessary if the child is violent beyond control, this means that you have tired everything, and really do have to use the padded room as a last resort.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 May 12
I think that there has to be a better way to be prepared than creating a padded room. I think that with autism becoming more common, schools should make certain considerations. Trained professionals would be one really good option. I think that autism goes highly ignored when it comes to government consideration where schools are concerned. These children can often be functional and active in society if they are taught properly.
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
22 May 12
This is something that is totally wrong and something that is uncalled for in any school district. When I was in college I did some volunteer work at a preschool that was really close to my college and we worked with children of all different abilities. We had some children that were autistic and we had some children that had Down's syndrome and then we had children that were normally able as well. We tried to never treat the children differently, but knew that there was a different degree of patience that was needed for some of the kids. A padded room, however, would have never been something that we would have done.
• Philippines
18 May 12
Oh that's too cruel!!!It shouldn't be a right thing to do which even a kid doesn't behave well. He should be disciplined in a calm way not in a violent way.
• United States
18 May 12
Didn't seem right in this situation. If the teachers felt ill prepared though and there was a threat of someone getting hurt I can understand why they took this step to keep everyone safe.