Posted: March 22nd, 2016
Kids Get Hurt at Residential Schools While States Look On Some residential programs for kids have settled on better ways to handle children. But the best practices are almost entirely self-imposed.
After slamming his fists into the wall until his knuckles dripped with blood, the raging teenage boy turned to a staff member and shoved him. The teen had recently been admitted to Youth Development Institute, a residential program for children with emotional and behavioral disorders in Phoenix, Arizona. Even the smallest incidents triggered his anger.
Years ago, the response would have been swift and physical: The boy would have been forced to the ground and restrained until he grew calm, which sometimes could take up to 45 minutes.
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