Say they are used excessively for children with behavioral disorders
Education specialists say schools are increasingly using isolation rooms to discipline students with behavioral disorders, and say the time-outs are probably doing more harm than good. “It really is a form of abuse,” said Ken Merrell, head of the Department for Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon, who said the rooms may be unsafe.
A family is suing the Iowa school district that left their 8-year-old daughter with autism alone in a time-out room for three hours.
A staffer at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund said it regularly receives complaints from parents who say their child’s disability has been exacerbated by the practice.
Teen: Time-out made me feel like a school prisoner — CBS2 in Chicago
Padded room raises concerns at school — Pocono [PA] Record