Comfort vs. Control from the Parent’s Perspective

Posted April 28, 2017

On Thursday, April 27, we hosted a webinar on Comfort vs. Control from the Parent’s Perspective Webinar Overview:  When: Thursday, April 27,  2:30  – 3:30 PM ET Where: This webinar was hosted by Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems and included: Rhonda Richardson, mother of an adult son with Autism and Sean Campbell, father of […]

Restraint and Seclusion: A Discriminatory Practice in Schools

Posted April 21, 2017

On the Front Lines: How Comfort vs. Control Works in Practice

Posted March 3, 2017

  Webinar Overview:  When: Wednesday, March 22nd,  2:00  – 3:00 PM ET Where: View archived version here This webinar was  a Q & A hosted by Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems. Panelists included: Jennifer Burns, LeMoyne School Day Coordinator, Altapointe Health Systems Veronica Federiconi, CEO, Autism Services There was  allotted time for participants to […]

Schoolhouse in Jeopardy: Children at Risk

Posted March 2, 2017

Ukeru Featured in The Hill

Posted February 20, 2017

  Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, recently penned an op-ed which appeared on The Hill website. Like many other issues in our country right now, a case before the United States Supreme Court, Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District, is causing heated national debate. The case involves a child with autism in Colorado whose parents […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with Rhonda Richardson of @AutismChronicles

Posted January 12, 2017

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. In this post, we are speaking with Rhonda Richardson, the mother of an adult son with autism. Rhonda is a believer in reducing restraints and seclusion and […]

Webinar: The Prevalence of Restraint

Posted December 20, 2016

The Prevalence of Restraint: Featuring Dr. Peter Sturmey Ukeru hosted a webinar on Tuesday, January 10th on the use of restraint and alternatives to this harmful practice. Webinar Overview:  When: Tuesday, January 10th, 2:30-3:30pm ET Where: View the recording of the webinar here.  This conversation covered: The prevalence of restraint; Alternative methods to restraint; and Organizational interventions. Time was […]

The Importance of Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

Posted October 10, 2016

Ukeru Featured in Behavioral Healthcare

Posted August 31, 2016

We are honored and grateful to have been recently featured in the “What Works” column in Behavioral Healthcare. With so many children heading back to school, the article’s timing is perfect for shining a spotlight on the important need for eliminating restraint and seclusion as acceptable behavior management techniques in classrooms and other learning facilities across the country. Each day, we have the […]

Webinar: Bringing Trauma-Informed Care Into The Classroom

Posted May 31, 2016

We hosted a webinar on  Monday, June 13th about the importance of bringing trauma informed care into classroom settings. An archive of the webinar can be found here.  The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Trauma is pervasive and far-reaching. It affects both the individual directly experiencing an event as well as those who bear witnesses to it. There […]

Infographic: A Case For Eliminating Restraint & Seclusion

Posted March 16, 2016

New Crisis Management Program First To Offer Physical Alternatives To Restraint

Posted December 3, 2015

Ukeru Systems Provides Cost and Life Saving Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (Winchester, VA) – Grafton Integrated Health Network today announced the national launch of Ukeru Systems, a safe, comforting and restraint-free crisis management program developed by and for behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals, educators and parents. It is the first crisis training program to completely eliminate the use […]

Mental Health Begins Where The Straitjackets End

Posted November 24, 2015

News site ozy.com recently published an in-depth article on Ukeru’s Chris Feltner, who was key to the genesis of the Ukeru program. The article explains how Chris’ combination of skills and background in both mental health and martial arts were key to developing this new approach to limiting the use of restraint and seclusion. The article appears in ozy’s Rising Stars sesion, […]

Beyond Understanding, Ukeru Expert Offers Solutions For Better Managing Autism

Posted October 5, 2015

Ukeru expert Bonnie Zampino is once again speaking out via Huffington Post, this time in response to an earlier post about autism that inspired thousands of comments — not all of them positive. In a follow-up article, Bonnie offers solutions to help those with typically functioning children gain both understanding and compassion for those with autism. […]

Promoting A Greater Understanding Of All Types Of Autism

Posted September 28, 2015

Awareness and empathy of autism is the only way to bring constructive change, says Ukeru System’s Bonnie Zampino in a Huffington Post editorial that has gained significant public attention. Bonnie was inspired to write the article after reading about several neighboring families in California who are suing the parents of a child with autism.  The lawsuit contends that […]

Ukeru Expert Addresses The Challenges Of Restraint Use In Huffington Post Article

Posted September 16, 2015

The Huffington Post published an editorial from Ukeru Systems’ Bonnie Zampino, highlighting the problems with restraint use and offering solutions.  Bonnie, who is both the mother of a child with autism and an engagement specialist with Ukeru Systems, was inspired to write the article following recent public outcry over a viral video showing a Kentucky school […]

Ten Things Parents Of Children With Autism Wish Teachers Knew

Posted September 4, 2015

As the school year gets underway, Ukeru Systems’ Bonnie Zampino shared the “10 Things Parents of Children with Autism Wish Teachers Knew” in an article published by The Huffington Post. Bonnie is the mother of a child with autism and also works as an engagement specialist with Ukeru Systems. In one of the ten messages, she asks that teachers […]

Ukeru Systems Launches Website

Posted August 15, 2015

Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton Integrated Health Network, has launched a new website, www.ukerusystems.com.  Ukeru Systems provides training and consultation services to behavioral healthcare providers, schools, and other organizations that support individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Ukeru Systems award-winning care management tools and techniques include: Ukeru®: A restraint-free crisis management technique for behavioral […]

Alabama-Based AltaPointe Launches Ukeru Training For 1,400 Staff Members

Posted March 20, 2015

AltaPointe, Alabama’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare and psychiatric hospital system, has contracted with Grafton Integrated Health Network to provide training and consultation on the Grafton Model, which has been recognized by national organizations such as the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal is to […]

Grafton To Provide Consultation And Training To 4,000 In California Developmental Disability Centers

Posted February 11, 2015

The California Department of Developmental Services has awarded Grafton Integrated Health Network a contract to train nearly 4,000 staff in four separate developmental centers on The Grafton Method and Ukeru. The Grafton Method is a trauma-informed treatment model that has been recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

Grafton Receives First Ever Autism Speaks Grant

Posted November 5, 2014

Winchester, VA, November 5, 2014 –Autism Speaks, Capital Area Chapter awards Grafton Integrated Health Network a $5,000 grant for its program entitled, A Crisis Management Tool for Families and Educators to minimize the use of restraints and seclusion, which includes the Ukeru intervention. In 2009, Autism Speaks endorsed the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act. If […]

Grafton’s Ukeru Wins National Council 2013 Impact Award

Posted March 1, 2013

Grafton Integrated Health Network wins the National Council 2013 Impact Award for “Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management.” The Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated effective and innovative programs currently in use to minimize risk and liability. These programs improve the operation of the organization or the lives of the […]

Grafton And Ukeru Featured In SAMSHA Issue Brief On Seclusion And Restraint

Posted March 21, 2010

Grafton Integrated Health System and its Ukeru program is featured in an Issue Brief published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA has developed a series of issue briefs on the use of seclusion and restraint, in collaboration with national advocacy organizations, consumers, and partners at the federal, state, and local […]

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