Meeting Archive:
Pursue Preventives and Positives: A Win-Win to Avoid Restraint and Seclusion Use

Meeting Description:

This webinar session will provide guidance on avoiding the use of aversive measures except in crisis situations and pursuing intensive, purposeful and positive behavioral interventions to address the challenging behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD).  Physical restraint and seclusionary timeout measures are intended primarily to help children gain composure when they are in danger of harming themselves or others after a serious meltdown, however, these measures continue to be employed as a routine behavior management strategy.

Participants will:

  • Understand the risks that restraint and seclusion procedures as discipline measures pose for children, educators and school districts.
  • Learn how to create a system of supports and interventions personalized for student, setting and situations to avoid resorting to risky interventions to discipline children. 

Session Level:

 After the session is over, you will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance
  • A 10% discount on any AbleNet AT products

After you register a confirmation comes up which contains the option to add webinar to your Outlook, Lotus Notes or Google Calendars. If you "add"  it automatically adjusts to your time zone.

Date: Thu, May 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Padmaja Sarathy, MA, Author and Consultant
 Presenter Information
Padmaja Sarathy, Author/Educational Consultant
Speaker Photo

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Supportand also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint.

The revised book, Serving Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: A Guide to Strategies for Successful Learning, portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities. 

She can be reached at and her website is