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I have a question. My sons current school utilizes prone restraints and i have put in writing that I do not want this type if restraint for my son. He has asthma and its dangerous for him. They ignored my request and continue to do so. What should I do next?
You need to have a strong Parental Concerns letter written which would include an attachment of a Dr.’s note specifying the restraints are a medical concern. In addition, be sure to include possible solutions for your son which do not include prone restraints.
Writing Parental Concerns letters are a large part of my practice. I advocate differently than most traditional advocates as I teach the parent the skills needed to get what is needed and I rarely have direct communication with the team. I coach families behind the scenes on what questions to ask, data to gather and writing letters for parents, which they submit to teams with their own name, not mine.
The actions I listed above should get you the results needed and if they don’t, please don’t hesitate to ask me more about working together.
One more thing…once the school agrees to the new procedures and prone restraints are eliminated, you must make sure it is formally documented in the IEP. It can be added as an addendum without a formal meeting. It’s a matter of getting the district to push the paperwork to have it officially added as part of his plan.
Thank you Catherine! I hope to work with the school on this. The doctor note is a great way to have some support behind my request. Thanks!