Not going to happen. You can lobby your school district. But otherwise, you may have to accept bag therapy, or second rate care, if that is your district's policy. And if it is, and you keep your child in public school, then blame no one but yourself.
Sorry, but there is nothing "mandatory" about sending a child to public school in the US. It may be the only option one has left themselves, but that is a result of your choices, and no one else's.
I haven't read the entire thread, but I did read about this in yesterday's papers. It was described as a standard duffle bag with a cord threaded through the opening so it could be tied shut.
No child should ever be bagged up like this!! NO CHILD! Disrupting the classroom? Then find a therapeudic and accepted manner of dealing with it. Hell, they might just as well have handcuffed him to a chair with duct tape over his mouth. That would end the disruption. This is sooo upsetting, particularly since the school is defending the practice.
Seriously, I'm horrified.
So I've read the article and most of the thread. As I see it:
Lycra bags are accepted therapy. I can see why. I am not autistic, but I have a mild sensory integration disorder. Mine is related mostly to sound, and has lessened as I've gotten older, but if there was some way to translate this concept to hearing, I'd have been all over it as a kid who had a hard time dealing when I was overwhelmed.
These bags are non-restrictive, see-through, and give a mild pressure that many autistics find soothing. I see nothing wrong with using this as therapy or as a way of de-escalating a melt down. Under 2 conditions:
1. The parents knows it may be used and has consented.
2. The therapy has been tried and has found to offer the child benefit. All autistic/sensitive children are different. What works for one may not work for another.
It sounds to me like the mother in this article gets all of this. But here are the issues:
1. This was not a therapeutic bag, but a sack which restricted movement, could not be seen out of, and is not known to offer any therapeutic benefit in any circumstance.
2. The child was left in the hallway. This is basically callousness at best and a form of humiliation at worst. But on top of that, it is also anti-therapeutic to a child who is freaking out due to sensory overload.
That is the issue here, as I see it.
While it sounds immediately despicable to "put a child in a bag," I can see why it may not be assuming it offers therapeutic benefit and the parent is aware. Sounds like the mother agrees. The issue here is the execution of this concept.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 12-24-11 at 11:08 PM.