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Although it’s seldom discussed, the policy of seclusion and restraint is applied throughout the American education system. Should school officials deem it necessary, they can isolate students alone in locked rooms or restrain them.

But rather than safely deescalating agitated children, these interventions are deeply traumatizing.

Join Mona Delahooke, therapist and author of Beyond Behaviors, and Guy Stephens, founder and director of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, for a discussion about alternative methods for working with neurodivergent kids who are seen as misbehaving.

This conversation is vital for clinicians who work with children, caregivers, and educators. Discover an alternative way of looking at behaviors: one that centralizes a child’s need and provides the support needed even during the most challenging outbursts.

Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist empowering joyful, resilient parent-child relationships by translating neuroscience research into practical and compassionate tools and strategies. Learn more at her website.

Chris Lyford

Chris Lyford is the Senior Editor at Psychotherapy Networker. Previously, he was Assistant Director and Editor of the The Atlantic Post, where he wrote and edited news pieces on the Middle East and Africa. He also formerly worked at The Washington Post, where he wrote local feature pieces for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. Contact: clyford@psychnetworker.org.