Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a powerful film by Dan Habib, filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. While everyone agrees that all students deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, those with challenging behavior, which can include children with conditions such as Fragile X syndrome, are sometimes subjected to behavior management procedures collectively referred to as “restraint and seclusion.” As you will see in watching the film, these procedures can be traumatic, dangerous and dehumanizing for all who experience them.

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About the Film

Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title)  features interviews of students Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon, Helena Stephenson and Peyton Goddard, who describe the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered from the behavior management procedures imposed upon them in their public schools. Carolyn Medina and Wil Beaudoin describe how the restraint and seclusion their children endured had an impact on them as parents.

The 27-minute film is available free to the public through for use in training, professional development and raising public awareness. Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories was produced through a partnership of the National Center on Trauma Informed Care, the equal opportunity group TASH, and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Support for this film comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).