Following FOX 46's exclusive report an abuse allegations of autistic students in classrooms at Larne Elementary School in Clover, SC, an internationally known behavioral health specialist is urging for change to protect children.
“If the allegations of abuse are true, especially as it relates to seclusion, these teachers likely caused extensive emotional trauma to the children that could have been handled much differently had they been properly trained,” said Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems.
Sanders has worked with people with autism for nearly 20 years. She doesn't agree with using restraint and seclusion in public schools, even though doing so may not be against the law.
Parents in Clover, SC spoke exclusively to FOX 46 after they believe reports of students being tipped out of chairs and left in dark rooms were not handled properly by the school district. See the full report of abuse allegations here.
“Studies show that these type of behavioral management techniques only perpetuate aggression and induce trauma to all involved, including the other children in the classroom. Even if you regulate that restraint and seclusion can only be used in extreme situations, people can define what is ‘extreme’ very differently,” Sanders said.