Saturday, December 20, 2008
Clinic Notes: Autism and Timeout
Well it happened again. A child placed in a "seclusion room" or timeout room without supervision hanged himself. Timeout is an often used and mis-used procedure. When done properly it is very effective. When done improperly it is not effective and is some rare cases deadly. No child should be placed in a room alone without an responsible person observing the child all the time. On my website, www.aba4autism.com I give specific information for using timeout and when not to use time out. There needs to be rules enacted to regulate the use of timeout. Timeout does not need to be banned or abuse will increase.