Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles


This thesis explores a difficult subject for both parents and special educators: the use of restraint and seclusion in the classroom. While no teacher wants to go hands-on with a student, crisis situations can arise in which a student becomes a threat to themselves or others. In these moments restrictive procedures are employed to maintain safety, but this does not address the underlying issues that caused the unsafe behavior in the first place, or prevent the behavior from occurring again. In this thesis, it has been set out to determine the risks involved with using these restrictive procedures, as well as strategies and interventions to decrease the need for using them. A practical application of these findings is shared for schools to use with their staff who work with students who exhibit problem behaviors.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis