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Use of Restraint or Seclusion Wording in the IEP

Leslie A. Allen, Esq.

May 7, 2014



Do you have any resources or advice as to how to include restraint/seclusion wording into the IEP if appropriate?


I wouldn't necessarily use those words in the IEP.  I would focus instead on the action that the staff is going to take should a student become a threat to himself or others.  I would then walk through each step in the IEP. These steps should be detailed in a behavior intervention plan.  The most appropriate person to lead this discussion would be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a BCBA.

leslie a allen

Leslie A. Allen, Esq.

Leslie A. Allen is a Partner in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., where she represents and advises public school districts and other education agencies on special education law matters. Leslie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in both states, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. She has nearly 20 years of broad civil litigation experience, including in the areas of special education, employment, healthcare, general liability insurance, general commercial and complex business law. Just prior to joining RISE, she practiced law with the Birmingham firm of Christian & Small, after moving from Atlanta, Georgia where she had practiced law since 1995. Leslie is a Birmingham native and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Alabama, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  

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