Reducing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools

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Aired on: May 12th, 2015

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Joe Ryan

Dr. Joe Ryan is Professor of Special Education and Associate Director of Research for the School of Education at Clemson University. He is also founder and director of ClemsonLIFE (Learning is for Everyone), a postsecondary transitional program that trains young adults with cognitive disabilities so that they can develop independent living and employment skills. Ryan earned his PhD in Special Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; his MSEd in Education from Old Dominion University; an MBA in Finance from the University of West Florida; an MSS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College; and his BSBA in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

This Week's Topic

Dr. Ryan is a nationally recognized expert in the development of postsecondary educational programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities, in addition to teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders. His experience includes K-12 instruction in educational settings including resource and self-contained classrooms, special day schools, and a residential treatment center. Dr. Ryan has over 50 publications, and currently serves as editor of the journal Beyond Behavior.

Dr. Ryan will discuss the risks and dangers of applying seclusion and restraint as tools for managing disruptive and/or violent classroom episodes. The presentation will provide viewers with proven and effective alternatives that prevent and/or diffuse aggressive and disruptive classroom behavior while protecting the well-being and safety of the student, teacher, and classroom.

In Reducing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools, Dr. Ryan will:

  • Explain the use and misuse of seclusion and restraint, and the inherent risks faced by students and instructors when these methods are applied;

  • Introduce curriculum-based, relaxation-based, behavior support, and conflict de-escalation strategies that prevent and diffuse students’ aggressive behavior;

  • And provide resources to violence prevention programs specifically designed for schools.


Presentation Slides pdf

Couvillon, M., Peterson, R., Joseph Ryan, J., & Scheuermann, B. (2010).  A review of crisis intervention training programs for schoolsTeaching Exceptional Children.

Peterson, R. L., Ryan, J. B., & Rozalski, M. (2013).  Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools.

Ryan, J. (2015). Program Notes (Solutions with Joe Ryan) pdf.

School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools. pdf. (2009)

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