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    KY - School Accused of Putting Autistic Boy in Duffel Bag

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/22...est=latestnews

    Published December 22, 2011

    I did a tag search, but sometimes tags aren't placed on threads and if there is already a thread I might have missed it.

    At a meeting with school district officials, the bag was described as a "therapy bag," Baker said, though she wasn't clear exactly what that meant. She said her son would sometimes be asked to roll over a bag filled with balls as a form of therapy, but she didn't know her son was being placed in the bag. She said school officials told her it was not the first time they had put him in the bag.
    More at link.

    I'm too stunned to even make a comment at this moment. It reminded me of another case where a child was killed by improper restraining techniques in Texas, and that teacher's aide walked away from that death with no repurcussions. (I do realize the child in this article wasn't killed--but still!)

    Ugh.

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    A July letter from the state agency to special education directors said the state had investigated two informal complaints this year.

    In one, "a student (was) nearly asphyxiated while being restrained," and in the other, a student vomited from panic attacks after spending most of an academic year "confined to a closet, with no ventilation or outside source of light," according to the letter.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/22...#ixzz1hJqqgtXn

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    This is child abuse! How in the world do they think it was acceptable?!?

    They should be arrested. If a parent was caught doing those things to their child they would be.

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    A therapy bag is a real thing and used quite often with children who are autistic and have sensory issues. When I worked for a school district, we had a little boy who used one and the point of it was to make him feel safe, like he was in a cocoon. When he was in it, he was able to calm himself down. It got to the point where when he could feel himself getting upset, he would ask if he could use the therapy bag as a preventative measure. However, it was nothing like a duffel bag. This is what a therapy bag looks like--



    If this child was truly found in a duffel bag, that is horrifying!! And it's equally as horrifying that the school district would try to pass off a duffel bag as a true therapy bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davehead21 View Post
    A therapy bag is a real thing and used quite often with children who are autistic and have sensory issues. When I worked for a school district, we had a little boy who used one and the point of it was to make him feel safe, like he was in a cocoon. When he was in it, he was able to calm himself down. It got to the point where when he could feel himself getting upset, he would ask if he could use the therapy bag as a preventative measure. However, it was nothing like a duffel bag. This is what a therapy bag looks like--



    If this child was truly found in a duffel bag, that is horrifying!! And it's equally as horrifying that the school district would try to pass off a duffel bag as a true therapy bag.
    That photo looks like a snuggie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulmagent View Post
    That photo looks like a snuggie.
    Haha-- it kind of does!! There are no arm holes or feet holes in therapy bags, though.

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    That looks comforting. LOL I think I could use it some days. But there is noting over the head and face. No way the child could accidently smother. But with the duffel bag, I can easily see a child smothering.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehead21 View Post
    A therapy bag is a real thing and used quite often with children who are autistic and have sensory issues. When I worked for a school district, we had a little boy who used one and the point of it was to make him feel safe, like he was in a cocoon. When he was in it, he was able to calm himself down. It got to the point where when he could feel himself getting upset, he would ask if he could use the therapy bag as a preventative measure. However, it was nothing like a duffel bag. This is what a therapy bag looks like--



    If this child was truly found in a duffel bag, that is horrifying!! And it's equally as horrifying that the school district would try to pass off a duffel bag as a true therapy bag.
    BBM - that's the problem. It wasn't to calm him down, it was to punish. Aversives just do NOT work. I honestly don't know how the mother kept calm - I would've been shoving staff members in there asking how THEY felt. I mean, would people do that to their pets??
    Our kids are PEOPLE - not nuisances, not obstacles to educators' days....and the days of shoving our kids into some state institution, where they don't have to be seen or heard is OVER. Sorry, this story just makes me SO UPSET.

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    School board defends duffel bag action

    SICKENING!!!!!!!

    http://www.wlky.com/r/30258279/detail.html

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    I don't know the details of this situation since I'm not a part of this school whatsoever, but I do have an autistic son who is a young adult now.

    When he was young, he craved close quarters. I couldn't keep him from sleeping in his toy box until I made a small area in his closet where he loved to go and feel safe. It was at the suggestion of some adult men with Asperger's and my son LOVED it. We called it the "bat cave". At school, when he was upset, he would find very confining areas in which to hide that upset the school officials quite a bit. One time, he locked himself into a very small locker and it took everyone quite a while to locate him. Sometimes he found small areas under hedges.

    Perhaps the school was truly trying to help him? It's a possibility. But they should have kept the parents in the loop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by peeples View Post
    School board defends duffel bag action

    SICKENING!!!!!!!

    http://www.wlky.com/r/30258279/detail.html

    Reserving opinion because I couldn't get the video to play. Was there a picture of the duffel bag? Can't imagine a duffel bag was approved by the school board.

    Show us the bag!!!

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    If you read the original story, they don't give a photo but provide a description of the bag. It wasn't a zippered sports bag, but one of the kind that have a draw string at the top, and mom says the string was drawn tight with a small hole left open...

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/22...est=latestnews

    Also the bag wasn't used for therapeutic reasons, but for punishment. That is not OK.

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    I'm guessing it was something like this.. but maybe canvas like we had in Jr. High and high school for our volleyballs after practice, since the kid was sweaty

    http://www.google.com/imgres?start=4...429,r:16,s:401

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    If the school is stating the bag was for punishment, then it is NOT okay whatsoever.

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    Whether the bag was used for punishment or to help the child regain composure, I do not think its use is appropriate whatsoever. Provide a small, safe, quiet place with a quilt, a few comforting items such as stuffed animals, open air, out of the sight of gawkers, with the aide in plain sight. To tie any child into what could double as a place for dirty laundry in a wide-open space where anyone could come by and ridicule is outrageous.

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