I am a Licensed Master Social Worker working as a School Social Worker at a public charter school in Memphis, TN. Our school educates boys from all over the city in grades 5 through 8. In the heart of downtown, parents enroll their students at my school to receive the best education possible. The students at my school strive for success and we are dedicated to helping them reach it through individualized needs.
Our students range from those with disabilities and those without.
Each year, more students enroll with mental health needs consisting of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and more.
While therapy and brief intervention are effective interventions, crisis can still occur. In my experience during a crisis event, students who hurt themselves are relieved the moment pressure from a hold is applied. The time-restricted hold protects the child, but also has the potential to traumatize them and impact a therapeutic relationship.
If I can introduce a weighted vest to crisis cycles then my hope is it will decrease potential harm and increase opportunity for use of healthy coping skills.
Our responsibility to educate our kids goes beyond academics and that is why I am asking for these weighted vests.
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