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Dr. Greene's guests on this program were Darcy Gruttadaro, JD, the Director of the Child & Adolescent Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Howard Trachtman, the immediate past co-chair of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership's consumer advisory council. He is also a board member of NAMI-Massachusetts, and is on the executive committee of NAMI's Consumer Council, and chairs the Council's Restraint and Seclusion Committee. The discussion focused on the use of restraint and seclusion in American public schools and current initiatives to reduce its use. This program is sponsored by Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org).
Quick Take Ohio: A Toolkit for Correctional Facilities to Help Reduce the Use of Solitary Confinement
In March 2015, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) published a Toolkit to Reduce the Use of Isolation. This Toolkit is intended to guide leadership of youth correctional facilities in changing cultures that rely on solitary confinement as a behavior management tool. The Toolkit is another recent acknowledgment that the regular use of seclusion is not good for youth and must end. Ned Loughran, CJCA's Executive Director, joins this Quick Take Ohio to discuss the Toolkit, its components, and some promising practices.
Shakyra Diaz, Policy Director of the ACLU of Ohio, examines the new state policy regarding use of seclusion rooms and restraints in Ohio public schools and she also discusses the issues around routine shackling of youth appearing in juvenile court
Join Janice this week as she speaks with Occupational Therapist and autism expert, Marci Lebowitz. Marci has been an Occupational Therapist for 28 years and an autism specialist for over a decade. During her expansive career, she has worked in schools, private outpatient practices, hospitals, a prison medical facility and skilled nursing facilities. Known as “The Mary Poppins of Autism” she has developed effective behavioral management systems, sensory calming strategies and alternatives to physical restraints and seclusion. She is a dynamic speaker and loves educating autism parents, extended families and professionals about the underlying causes of challenging behaviors; distinguishing between tantrums, sensory overload and meltdowns; and how to have fun with children with severe autism.
In Marci’s international private practice she offers loving support for families in her three day Comprehensives and professional consulting in autism classrooms, for therapists and medical professionals. Marci provides successful alternatives to physical managements and restraints through the use of her Sensory Overload System (SOS)™. Her groundbreaking Sensory Calming Equipment is known for being durable, affordable and can calm highly anxious, aggressive or volatile children with autism very quickly.
Marci is the author of: “A Parent’s Guide To Relating To, Understanding And Communicating With Your Autistic Child” and “Relating With Autism” For Educators Medical Professionals.
Find her eBooks and services online: www.marcilebowitz.com
“During those last few months, the pressure was something of another world and as earthly life wept, the bleeding of our hearts began to mingle with eternity and hovered in a strange vapor. There was no song to be heard; just the rhythm of waiting; and life held its breath.”
The words of Susan VandePol in describing the loss of her beloved husband will draw you in. Teach you. Her book, Life After Breath, is a warm and honest companion and friend in the midst of a widow’s darkness and seclusion. It sets in place the foundation for her future with insight into a sacred Biblical revelation that will take your breath away.
If you have ever grieved or wish you knew words for comforting a grieving friend, you will want to join Jeannie and Maxine on The River today as they chat with author Susan VandePol.
Cynthia is an active member of the autism community. She has a son who, through biomedical and therapeutic means, lost his diagnosis of autism and is a typical 16 years old. Cynthia was one of the seven mom’s who lobbied successfully for Steven’s Law that requires insurance companies to cover autism in the state of Arizona. She has written articles for Autism File, spoken nationally, produced a documentary on co morbid medical conditions, been interviewed by local news, Lifetime TV, Good Morning America and appeared with her son in The New York Times Magazine this last summer. She is the Vice President of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. Currently, she is helping to run legislation on restrain and seclusion in this legislative session. She is also working with a group of lawyers to help parents with children with autism access good medical care with private insurance companies and using EPSDT to access appropriate care through Medicaid.
All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
This week the Children's Law Center launched Stop Solitary of Ohio's Youth. This campaign focuses on bringing attention to and ending the destructive practice of isolating kids while placed in adult and juvenile correctional facilities, detention centers, and residential placements. On this podcast, Amy Fettig, the Senior Staff Counsel for the ACLU's National Prison Project, discusses why seclusion is harmful, provides an overview of how the practice is used, and updates listeners on efforts across the country to address the harmful practice.
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was David Colton, Ph.D., a renowned expert on cultural changes in behavioral health care organizations that can contribute to the reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint, a topic on which Dr. Colton lectures internationally. Dr. Colton's expertise was very much in evidence on this program...a must-listen for any organization trying to reduce or eliminate restraint and seclusion!
Hear from witnesses to the seclusion and restraint of a Coalinga State Hospital patient, Riccardo King, who was forcibly medicated and tied down to a bed for a few weeks. The man was unable to understand commands, yet was being verbally and physically abused. Another sad story of abuse/neglect at CSH is presented.
Then, hear from a man who successfully exited CSH in 2012, when his "SVP" case was dropped in Los Angeles County court. Clem reports in and discusses his life now, in Texas.
Unlawful Restraint and Seclusion, Special Needs Legislation, Autism Insurance Laws, Secondary Education Advocacy with Mae Wilkinson http://www.examiner.com/pu
Lots of ground covered on today's program -- a mom whose son becomes upset when he gets hurt phsyically, an emailer who noticed that the CPS model has moved from "baskets" to "Plans," from emergent to proactive, and from "compromising" to problem-solving -- but the most moving email came from a mom whose son is still being placed in restraint and seclusion at school.
THE GLOW RAY / GLORY OF GOD
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. Col 1:27 NLT
The claustrum is a thin, irregular, sheet-like neuronal structure hidden beneath the inner surface of the neocortex in the general region of the insula. Its function is enigmatic.
Primitive Christians, the Essenes, fully realized and taught the great truth that Christ was a substance, an oil or ointment contained especially in the Spinal Cord, consequently in all parts of the body, as every nerve in the body is directly or indirectly connected with the wonderful "River that flows out of Eden (the upper brain) to water the garden."
Santa Claus, or Saint Claus, is derived from the sameroot word as "claustrum," from which "cloister" is also derived. Claustrum means a barrier, a covered place, seclusion. Cloister is referred to as a place of seclusion, and more especially as a place of seclusion for something holy, something dedicated to divinity.
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