Ukeru in the News
Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2020 – As part of a Chicago Tribune/ProPublica investigation into the use of restraint and seclusion, Kim Sanders explains how schools can find a new path.
The Mighty, April 8, 2020 – Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, and Pam Martin, Training and Support Manager at Grafton Integrated Health Network, provide advice on effective communication with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thrive Global, April 3, 2020 – Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, talks about Taking Trauma out of the Classroom for Students with Autism.
Philadelphia Tribune, January 26, 2020 – Ukeru is cited as an evidence-based alternative to the use of seclusion.
LocalDMV.com, December 9, 2019 – Chloe Sorensen and Tasha King with Grafton, as well as Principal Page Jackson Elementary School, Nicole Shaffer, talk about a new partnership and the impact that Ukeru’s trauma informed care approach has had with students.
Virginia Public Media/NPR, December 6, 2019 – This piece highlights the change that two organizations, Support Services of Virginia and Woods Services , significantly reduced restraints and seclusions by working with Ukeru.
Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2019 – As part of a collaboration between the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois, Kim Sanders talks about why Ukeru’s parent organization eliminated seclusion.
CrisisTalk, August 20, 2019 – Kim Sanders shares the story of how Grafton changed its culture to create a trauma informed culture.
NPR, June 15, 2019 – In a piece on alternatives to restraint and seclusion, Ukeru President Kim Sanders talks about Grafton’s experience and the effectiveness of a comfort vs. control philosophy.
Fox 5 DC, May 31, 2019 – A father from Calvert County, MD highlights Ukeru as an effective alternative to the use of restraint and seclusion in the classroom.
Valley News Live, April 23, 2019 – As part of a story on Fargo, North Dakota’s evaluation of their use of restraint and seclusion, Kim Sanders was interviewed to talk about the benefits of using Ukeru.
Fredricksburg.com, April 16, 2019 – Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, responds to an editorial in Fredricksburg.com, indicating some students need to be restrained, by offering a different perspective based on her 30 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Read the letter here.
WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio, March 14, 2019 – This report sheds light on the overuse of restraint and seclusion, but Ukeru President, Kim Sanders explains that it is important to remember that teachers are only using the tools they have and know. Just like Ukeru’s parent organization, Grafton, more positive outcomes are achieved when staff are given other tools as options.
KidsPeace podcast, November 21, 2018 – In a recent episode, Kim Sanders talks about promoting a comprehensive strategy for defusing situations quickly and effectively.
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, November 16, 2018 – The writer behind the Unstrange Mind website shares their thoughts about the potential impact of research conducted by Ukeru and its parent organization, Grafton Integrated Health Network, on alternatives to restraint and seclusion.
Open Minds Daily Executive Briefing, November 15, 2018 – In this article, Kim Sanders is interviewed on how provider organizations serving people with intellectual/developmental disabilities can build a strategy to reduce their use of seclusion and restraints.
The OPEN MINDS Circle, October 21, 2018 – A recent journal article, co-authored by Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems, was highlighted in The OPEN MINDS Circle market intelligence.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, August 2018 – A new longitudinal study illustrates how Grafton Integrated Health Network, Ukeru’s parent organization, was able to dramatically reduce physical restraint and completely eliminate seclusion by shifting to an approach of comfort versus control.
Perspectives Blog, August 2018 – Perspectives Corporation featured its Ukeru Systems’ training session in a recent blog.
Lomah podcast – Host Kimberly Albrecht talks with Kim Sanders about the effects restraint and succession have not only on the individual who is being held or isolated against his or her will, but also the toll it has on educators and service providers.
Education Insights, April 2018 – Ukeru President, Kim Sanders provides tips for managing challenging behaviors in both mainstream and special needs classrooms.
Las Cruces Sun-News, October 25, 2017 – Arizona’s House Bill 75 prohibits the use of restraint and seclusion in the classroom, except in the case of an emergency. This shows that New Mexico leaders are shifting their thinking away from control and toward comfort and is a great first step.
Issues Today, October 23, 2017 – Ukeru’s President, Kim Sanders, speaks on the Issues Today radio show about the consequences of using seclusion rooms and physical restraints in the classroom.
The Nursing Times, September 7, 2017 – After a new report found that exposure to targeted, personal and verbal aggression by patients can adversely affect mental health nurses’ decision-making regarding physical restraint, Kim Sanders published the following first-person editorial helping put into perspective the challenges of working with patients when they are at their worst.
The Huffington Post, September 5, 2017 – Huffington Post columnist Laurie Levy interviews Ukeru Engagement Specialist Bonnie Zampino on the dangers of secluding children from the classroom.
Ukeru has now been approved by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs as a preferred provider option for “Preventing and Responding to Disruptive Behavior and Crisis Situations.”
The Hill, January 18, 2017 – A case before the United States Supreme Court involves a child with autism whose parents are suing the school district over whether he is being denied his legal right for a meaningful education in the public school setting. But before we can educate children, we have to stop hurting them.
Grisborne Herald, December 20, 2016 – In November 2016, New Zealand took a historic step to better ensure the safety of its children by eliminating the use of seclusion as an acceptable form of behavioral management in its schools. In the country’s Grisborne Herald, Ukeru President Kim Sanders shared why this is an example that other countries should follow.
My Social Good News, December 15, 2016 – Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, responds to statistics released by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) citing a significant increase in complaints involving restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities.
Behavioral Healthcare, August 2016 – Sometimes the best ideas come from those who have been in the weeds the longest. With a history of using traditional, physical, crisis-management tactics, Grafton Integrated Health Network, a Winchester, Va.-based not-for-profit behavioral health and special education services provider, found it could no longer advocate for the approach.
Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, June 2016 – It was only the third day of first grade — Aug. 26, 2015 — that my child was involuntarily committed to a hospital more than two hours from my home.
Morrow County Sentinel, February 2016 – New troubling numbers on restraint and seclusion in Ohio public schools prompted a response by Ukeru President Kim Sanders to call on legislators to reassess the state’s training procedures. The same release also appears in the state’s Galion Inquirer.
Allegations emerge of the seclusion of autistic children in a South Carolina public school. Ukeru President Kim Sanders explains the long-term trauma associated with this type of treatment and how better alternatives exist.
Ozy.com, December 2015 – You have a teenager deep in the midst of puberty, with the strength to boot, who is upset. Additionally, the kid is big and, oh yes, autistic. Quick: What do you do?
Before it’s News, December 2015 – Recent media coverage and several “caught on cell phone” videos have given the world a frightening glimpse of the trauma inflicted in the classroom as teachers and others use physical restraint on students.
Huffington Post, October 2015 – Parents with your typically functioning child and those with autism can do things together that would benefit the wellbeing of our children and that would enable all of our children to grow up to be their very best.
Huffington Post, September 2015 – The media shows us all of the feel-good stories about autism. But for every child with autism who manages his high school basketball team or is voted on to homecoming court, there are 20 more with the kind of autism no one talks about.
Huffington Post, September 2015 – Recently, the nation reacted to a video showing a school resource officer putting an eight year-old child’s biceps in handcuffs. There was an outpouring of dismay, outrage and disbelief all across the country.