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Restraint and seclusion are crisis management strategies that are used in many schools across the nation and the world. Physical Restraint, is exactly what it sounds like, it is a personal restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move his or her torso, arms, legs or head freely. Seclusion is the involuntary confinement of…
 
Each year, the guardianship of thousands of vulnerable youth are signed over to private and for-profit residential programs that lack state and federal oversight. This means that these programs can be established fairly spontaneously and are not required to report what goes on within the facility to the state or federal government. These programs m…
 
Learn why so many behavior plans don't work and how to create one that will work with Diane Gould LCSW. Ms. Gould has worked for the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization and the Niles Township District for Special Education. She has served as a consultant and been a guest lecturer for many area school districts. During her twelve years…
 
A special presentation with Julie Roberts, a neurodivergence-affirming therapist, and founder of the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective: “Shifting Therapies towards an empathetic and respectful Neurodiversity Paradigm”. Why does therapy need to change? (Whole body listening, social communication expectations, compliance-based therapies, and outcom…
 
Restorative Justice and its implementation is often misunderstood in schools. However when done correctly, it can be the golden panacea to building a relational school. In this presentation I will share my successes and challenges of implementation in various school settings as well as sharing how it can be successfully used with all students, incl…
 
How can you move past teaching compliance towards teaching self-determination and self-advocacy? Many programs that specialize in education for Neurodivergent children are rooted in compliance-based techniques and behavioral control. This talk explores the history of behaviorism in schooling for neurodivergent kids and will offer alternative ways t…
 
Mike Hipple is a man with cerebral palsy and uses Augmentative Alternative Communication. He was misplaced in a behavioral classroom known as EBD for 8 long years, just because he couldn't communicate his needs and wants. Somehow he got out and now he is on the mission to educate and to advocate for families, students, and professionals that childr…
 
Our special guest will once again be Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. for this special interview. Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting families of neurodiverse chi…
 
Robbyn describes the neurodevelopmental effects of early abuse and neglect, the process of dissociation and hyper-arousal and its effect on the development of the four main areas of function in children (sensory processing, self regulation, relational skills, cognitive capability). She will discuss the continuum of harsh punishment and overt child …
 
The Keeping All Students Safe Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Sen. Chis Murphy (CT), Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair Patty Murray (WA), and Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) would make it illegal for any school receiving federal funds to seclude a child or use dangerous restraint practices that restrict breathing, such as prone or supine …
 
Kelly Sarah and Rachel Polacek are two educators from Wisconsin. Rachel has been school psychologist for 19 years and is currently in a K-5 elementary school. Kelly has served students as an elementary school counselor for 7 years. Kelly and Rachel will provide an overview on how to incorporate the CPS model into a PBIS system; something they have …
 
Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd.. His latest books “Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society” (University of Toronto Press 2020) and “Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators” (Pearson 2019) co-authored with Susan Hopkins is a follow-up to “…
 
Susan is a passionate advocate for children, families, schools and communities, Dr. Susan Hopkins is the Executive Director of The MEHRIT Centre. Over Susan’s two decades of experience in education, she has worked in roles in the early years, K-12 and post-secondary across contexts from Italy to the Northwest Territories (NWT) including classroom t…
 
A special interview with Lori Petro an author & child advocate. Teach Through Love: Helping adults & kids build stronger relationships with conscious communication. We'll discuss: What is Conscious Communication/Parenting? Who benefits most from conscious parenting and communication (everyone but kids with trauma/neurodivergent thinkers/giftedness …
 
Harrison Hill Elementary is in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Lori Desautels began co-teaching two days a week in August of 2020 during the pandemic in third and fourth-grade classrooms. In February she moved to a second-grade classroom and sixth-grade classroom implementing, modeling, and sharing the framework of Applied Education…
 
Every bit of information that we learn in this world comes in through our senses. When sensory processing is efficient, we can navigate our everyday life comfortably. When someone is hypo- or hyper- sensitive to sensory input, daily experiences many of us often take for granted can become stressors, and as a result, our behavior will change. Transi…
 
Black, Brown, and disabled students are experiencing adverse interactions with School Resource Officers (SROs) at disproportionate rates, feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. U.S. public schools have a duty to students to create a safe school without lifelong harmful effects. As a nation, we must re-envision what public school “health and safety”…
 
Join us for a special interview with Lori Kirkland. Lori Kirkland is a 3rd grade teacher and Advisor Lead in MSD of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has held numerous positions in her 25+ years of teaching but her heart and passion are working directly with and advocating for children. Educational Neuroscience is not a program, but a…
 
Join us for a special interview with Karen Blacher. Karen is a Long Island based writer, artist, teacher, and mom to three amazing, neurodiverse children. She currently teaches secular studies to a small class of 3rd and 4th grade students at the Chabad Cheder in Coram, New York, where her constantly-evolving classroom design is informed by her exp…
 
In March of 2018 Victoria Johnson son was restrained by a school resource officer (SRO). Today Victoria is the founder of Families United for Self-Empowerment, a nonprofit organization in North Dakota. She helps mentor families and youth on how to become self-advocates. Victoria has a background in Business management, leadership, and Healthcare. F…
 
Join us for a special conversation with Elly Chapple, Founder #flipthenarrative, TEDx Speaker. Elly graduated with honours in Human Resource Management and the Psychology of Human Communication. She has always been fascinated with human communication and behaviour, both verbal and non-verbal. She spent her early career working in businesses, managi…
 
Join us for this exciting interview and learn about the Polyvagal Theory and autonomic physiology. In 1994 Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problem…
 
Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline an interview with Lori Desautels, Ph.D. Children who carry chronic behavioral challenges are often met with reactive and punitive practices that can potentially reactivate the developing stress response systems. This book deeply addresses the need for co-regulatory and relational t…
 
Join Shain Neumeier and Lydia X. Z. Brown in conversation about the connections between youth rights, disability justice, and racial justice movements in addressing coercive and forced treatment, institutionalization, and mass criminalization. They will discuss the connections between applied behavior analysis and conversion therapy, the history of…
 
In this presentation, Cheryl Poe will review the key regulations and laws that offer protection to students with disabilities. We will discuss how to use these protections when advocating for Black and Brown with disabilities. Cheryl Poe is the Director of Diversity Issues at the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. Cheryl Poe is the founder a…
 
Join us for a special interview with Ron Garrison. Ron will discuss how to use civil litigation against the use of restraint and seclusion. Beyond alternative dispute resolution and due process complaints, litigation proceedings against school district officials can become an injunctive alternative when harmful restrictive forms of restraint and se…
 
The Reflective Journey is a practitioner’s handbook to the low arousal approach, written by Studio 3 CEO Professor Andrew McDonnell. Professor Andrew McDonnell’s new practitioner guide really is a reflective journey. A strong theme throughout all of the chapters is that we must look at our own behaviour first in order to manage highly stressful sit…
 
Join us for this special interview. Learn about an internationally recognized model school for trauma-informed practices from Mathew Portell. Mathew Portell has dedicated a decade and a half to education in his role as a teacher, instructional coach, teacher mentor, and school administrator. It is through the collaborative team approach and buildin…
 
Diane will share her views on behavioral support with an emphasis on prevention. Her approach strives to be respectful, sensible and effective. Diane has a private practice outside of Chicago. Before that she had worked in schools and for private agencies for 30 years. She is a social worker with an interest and certification in behavior change. ht…
 
Back in November an investigation by ProPublica and Chicago Tribune exposed what seclusion and restraint is like for students in Illinois Public Schools. Over a period of a school year and half prone restraint was used on 1,300 students in Illinois public schools. As you likely know, prone restraint is when a person is held face down on the floor o…
 
Join us for this special interview. An attorney’s perspective of how to reduce the use of restraint and to eliminate seclusion. Leslie Seid Margolis is a managing attorney at Disability Rights Maryland, Maryland’s protection and advocacy agency, where she has worked since 1985. In her practice at DRM, she handles individual special education cases …
 
Children communicate through their behavior. Behavioral problems may occur when we misunderstand what a child is trying to tell us. Adults may find themselves continuously addressing the same behaviors and wondering why their child keeps repeating these behaviors. This workshop will help you to get under the behavior and discover what it is a child…
 
Student disruption at school can take up an enormous amount of time, energy, and even financial resources. Confrontations can result not only in personal stress for both students and teachers, but in conflicts that involve families and the larger community. However, it's not always easy to know what to do or how to respond.In this original and high…
 
Have you decided to run for local office - or are considering it? This session outlines the basics of campaign readiness, preparation, execution and compliance. We hope that this information will make you feel that running for office is possible and might even be fun! Chelsea is an advocate for education, housing, mental health awareness, disabilit…
 
When Imani Hill arrived at her new job, she learned that rather than a co-teaching position, she would be responsible for teaching six black boys with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP). The boys were currently spending their days in a conference room with the Assistant Principal. When Ms. Hill arrived, they were moved to a classroom where she …
 
Join us for a special interview with self advocate Sam Maloney. Sam Maloney is a 20 year photographer from Rochester, NY. Sam started his photography journey at 10 years old. Sam is a restraint and seclusion survivor from the age of 5 to 14 years old. Sam is continuing his photography education through his person centered plan through New York Stat…
 
Join us for a special interview with self advocate Alex Campbell. Alex is an advocate for students with disabilities and the Executive Director of Campbell Advocacy. Alex is the KASSA Campaign Director for the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. Alex is also proud to be a part of the education team at the Human Projects. He attends high schoo…
 
Unparalleled. Unprecedented. Extraordinary. Whatever descriptor you use for this time of societal crisis, it is clear that we are facing any number of defining moments as we struggle with COVID-19, systemic racism and institutionalized injustice, economic freefall, and climate change. How have our brains and nervous systems evolved to respond to cr…
 
In this session we will explore brain development through an educator's lens. We will learn how adversity and trauma affect the way we learn, behave, and perceive the world, addressing specific brain aligned strategies that regulate our nervous systems and help us to connect with one another. We will begin to understand that traditional discipline …
 
This informational webinar will provide parents and educators with valuable information about executive functioning. Robin Roscigno is a scholar/practitioner specializing in education for Neurodivergent children. She is a PhD candidate at Rutgers \University's Graduate School of Education and consults with school districts and parents on a range of…
 
There are many factors that have contributed to an over-reliance on restraint and seclusion procedures in schools. There’s no question that many students are unavailable for learning, are not medically or behaviorally stable, and respond to frustration in ways that are extremely aggressive and violent. But there are other factors that have little t…
 
An interview with Beth Tolley the Director of Educational Policy at the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. Beth recently wrote an in-depth research article on the school-to-prison pipeline and in this episode we will explore the issue. Why are more disabled and minority children ending up on a path from school to prison and what can be done …
 
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