Positive Behaviour S&M
I’m still reeling from John Williams’ blog post yesterday. In case you’ve never read it, please check out “My Son’s Not Rainman”. It normally has me laughing up snot. John has been quiet recently and in his latest piece, he explained why. His fantastic 12 year old son has been excluded from school (” a pioneering autism provision”) and an investigation is underway. Like most investigations, people have to become speechless but John did mention the school’s “Spit Hood Policy”.
A school is putting a spit hood on a 12 year old boy with autism as an intervention for challenging behavior. And has a policy about it to give it credence.
Pause and think about that.
Come to think about it, why should we be shocked? Barbaric ” treatment” for people with autism is always rebadged to give it legitimacy. Electric shock treatment has become aversive conditioning. As John points out, face down prone restraint has been turned into “positive handling” and seclusion rooms are now chill out rooms.
Let’s remember that when someone is in meltdown, they are usually experiencing unbearable anxiety and/or terrible fear. And the best way of helping someone frightened out of their skin? Slip a spit hood over their head. Have four people pin them face down on the floor. We’ve really got this empathic response licked, haven’t we.
There is also something darkly sexual about all these practices. And as the person clearly isn’t consenting to being hooded and locked in a padded room, then is this sexually abusive? Pioneering abuse?
I’m too angry to write more. It’s 2015. But these “intervention policies” could have been written by Bram Stoker.
I’d love a conversation with the staff who put a spit hood over a 12 year old boy’s head. I’d like to chat over their humanity and integrity.
Actually, no I wouldn’t. I’d just like 5 minutes in a chill out room with them.
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