When my son was young he was, as he is today, nonverbal. At that time he was also hyperactive and had difficulty focusing causing him to often be in trouble with the teaching staff. This was at a time when kids with significant special needs were still in self contained classes. Today, most children are integrated into regular classrooms, some with one on one aides, depending on their needs. If my son had been in this situation I know he would have caused his teachers great grief. Some of my son’s schoolmates also had difficulty controlling their emotions. Anger is particularly challenging with special needs children.
In our case, we decided we could do better at home and chose to homeschool.
Today as I watched this video of a padded room in the Seattle area I am reminded that most often moms do know best. Yes, sometimes our special needs kids need a time out, a chance to regroup. But I cannot believe putting a child into a padded room without well trained supervision can ever be the best choice.