VIDEO: Parents Claim Classroom ‘Isolation Booth’ Is Used For More Than Therapy

BY: - 30 Nov '12 | On the Web

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Recently, controversy struck a Washington state elementary school after Ana Bate posted images on Facebook of a padded room with two peepholes, air holes in the ceiling, and a metal bar that locks the door from the outside. This free-standing booth sits in the corner of her son’s classroom and is known as an “isolation booth” or “seclusion room.”

Though her 8-year-old son has never been put in the room, he was forced to sit near it and watch other students being sent to and from it as punishment for horseplay. Following Bates posts, Mint Valley Elementary’s principal sent out a letter explaining that the room is used for “aversion therapy for students with special needs” with a parent’s consent.

These types of rooms are not uncommon in U.S. schools and not all require parental approval or are used for therapy; some are used strictly as a form of discipline. One student refers to it as “the naughty room” where kids are sent when they behave badly. However, Niki Favela, who has approved the use of the booth says the method has shown results for her 11-year-old daughter who has violet outbreaks due to autism.

“To the outside world it seems extreme,” Favela told the paper. “[But without the program] our daughter would not have the same opportunities as everyone else.”

While officials investigate allegations of Mint Valley’s specific use of the room, the district has yet to receive any formal complaints from parents. Read the full article on The Huffington Post.

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BMWK– How do you feel about an isolation room at your child’s school? Do you think it’s an acceptable form of therapy, punishment or otherwise?

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  • http://ichoosethesun.com Nae

    As a former educator and early childhood and autism awareness advocate, I understand the challenge that overstimulation (and resulting behaviors) can present in the classroom for children and teachers alike, however I am not a fan of any discipline taking place in the context of isolation. I am also concerned that this sets a dangerous precedent for self-coping and soothing techniques. A quiet room/corner (with less stimulation) is certainly appropriate but not in complete isolation.

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  • dakota

    you know, in prison they “control” and “calm” problem prisoners who are too “overstimulated” or are having “voilent outbursts”… I fear we may start useing tazer guns on the bullies. I mean we already comfortable with putting grade schoolers in hand cuffs. a 8 year old girl. if there is a “security guard” “hall cop” in your school this behavior is more likely then not a common occurance.

    so I want to hear shit about how homeschooling is bad for my child, and don’t even try asking about socialization. what are such schools doing? teaching kids to socialize with prison guards and felons?

    • dakota

      * in prison (that’s how) they “control” and “calm”…. having “violent (outbursts”they lock them in isolation cells.)

      pardon for the glaring omission in my grammer.

      it just so frustrating that people can tolerate the abuse of power. and no one seems to care. we used to love our students, now they are treated like they are felons waiting to happen. have we forgotten children often do what we expect of them. whats going to happen when we expect the worst?

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Celeb Marriage Scene: Samuel Jackson Says He’s Not So Cool in Real Life, Rev Run loses 22 Pounds..and more

BY: - 30 Nov '12 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson always has a lot of swag in front of the camera, but the movie star says that his real life personality is nothing like his on-screen persona. Since he’s recently made a name for himself on Twitter, fans tend to take his straight-forward, occasionally profanity-laced, tweets to mean that the real Sam Jackson is the same as the characters he so often plays. “…My Twitter character is a character. It’s me in a way, but it’s not me,” he said to Total Film.

“When you play characters that say snappy things and seem to be in control in their environment, people label that as being cool. I don’t see myself as that because I get confused sometimes during the day and I have moments of (F*%$) I wish I could do something about this, and I can’t.’ And I don’t feel so cool.”

After dropping 22 pounds to get in shape for a concert, “Rev Run” Simmons plans to continue his journey toward improved health and fitness to ward off what he says is a pre-disposition to Type 2 Diabetes. Run lost weight in preparation for the 7th Annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, which he performed in with Run D.M.C. groupmate Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels. In addition to wanting to be in a “Mick Jagger-type of condition” , Run told the Huffington Post that he wants to avoid the Type 2 diabetes that his father developed later in life. Run’s turned to walking outdoors and on the treadmill to keep his weight down.

Nick Cannon has signed a first-look production deal with NBC, the network where Cannon is also host of the show America’s Got Talent. The deal expands Cannon’s, along with manager Mike Goldman’s, role with the network giving him the opportunity to create scripted and unscripted television programming for NBC under his NCredible Entertainment banner. If this new deal and America’s Got Talent weren’t enough, Cannon will also star in “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” a new BET comedy co-starring Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove and Robin Thicke. “Real Husbands” is produced by Kevin Hart and premieres on January 15.

Duane Martin has also been cast opposite actress Tia Mowry in the pilot of the new Nick at Nite comedy “Instant Mom.” Martin plays the older husband of Mowry’s character, a 25-year-old party girl who becomes an “instant mom” to Martin’s character’s three kids. The show will also star actress Sheryl Lee Ralph as Mowry’s mom. Always A List 

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