HANDS OFF – A video on Restraint and Seclusion

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Featured | 2 comments

HANDS OFF – A video on Restraint and Seclusion

This video is a MUST-SEE for parents and caregivers.

“You shouldn’t be afraid to send your child to school,” says Anna Moore. She’s referencing a problem facing the parents of special needs children: improper use of restraint and seclusion. Hands Off tells the story of how four families have been impacted by restraint and seclusion, and what they’re doing to fix the system.

Please make the time to WATCH and SHARE this film.  There are currently no federal regulations on the use of Restraint and Seclusion in our schools.  These practices can be deadly.  Contact your Senators and ask them to support S.2020 – The Keeping All Students Safe Act.  And visit our Autism Safety site for ways you can protect your child from this type of dangerous abuse.

Hands Off from Kayt Jonsson on Vimeo.



  1. The conversation needs to be wider than just, when or how to restrain. I listened to a young man with autism recently talk about being locked in a closet, and then even he justified the behavior by talking about how “bad” and “angry” he was as a child. There is this cultural acceptance that people with disabilities are “bad” and “dangerous.” The fact is they are human and have very real and valid reasons for becoming angry and aggressive, and if we can begin to look at the trauma they experience and what their behavior is trying to tell us, we automatically move away from the need to restrain. Is it easy? No. It is hard, intellectually challenging work. And it is very human and meaningful and decent work. We learn and we support. Support the use of positive behavioral supports based on good functional behavioral analysis and an investigation into trauma which is always met by providing safety, connection, and empowerment. That young man I listened to was a bright and beautiful child who was segregated because he moved and thought different from his peers. Was he an angry child. Damn straight he was… With good cause.

  2. There are times you need to TEMPORARILY restrain an autistic person, who, let’s say is slamming their fists into their heads. However, this should not be forceful or cruel. It is only done as a protective measure. You would NEVER do things like pull their hair back and slam them to floor or punch or kick or otherwise abuse an autistic person who is self abusive, and say that’s okay. No. Firm, effective restraint is okay if it’s done correctly and not because the person watching the autistic person hasn’t DONE pro-active interventions or proper care to reduce the self abuse.

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