Ukeru in the News

When patients are at their worst, mental health nurses are at their best

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. 

Schools, Please Stop Locking Kids in Closets

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.

Revolutionary New Crisis Management System Now Available to South Carolina Schools and Health Facilities

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.”

Making safer and more equitable classrooms requires change

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.

The same opinion piece also appears on the World Headlines news site, as well as the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch in February of 2017.

Protecting Our Precious Children

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.

Behavioral Health Expert and Ukeru President Kim Sanders Calls for an Immediate Reduction in Restraint and Seclusion of Children with Disabilities

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.

What Works: Alternatives to Physical Restraint

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.

We Must Eliminate Restraint and Seclusion in Schools: Zachary’s Story

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.

Expert Comments on Policy Change on Restraint and Seclusion in Ohio Schools

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.

Behavioral Health Specialist Urges Classroom Changes in Clover, SC

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.

Mental Health Begins Where the Straightjackets Ends

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?

The Trauma of Restraints: Eliminating Ineffective Approaches in the Classroom

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.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About – Part 2

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.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

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.

Life without Restraint: Problems and Solutions Regarding Restraint Use

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.

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