Audio: Mike Hosking talks with Autism New Zealand CEO, Dane Dougan

Putting autistic children in seclusion rooms isn’t as rare as we might think.

Ruru Specialist School in Invercargill is under fire for repeatedly placing an upset autistic child in a seclusion room between 2011 and 2015.

Last year, an autistic boy was reportedly locked in a cupboard-sized room at Miramar School, and staff were accused of hitting and force-feeding kids at a special needs school in Dunedin.

Autism New Zealand CEO, Dane Dougan told Mike Hosking although laws have since changed, a Ministry of Education survey last year found such practices are not uncommon.

“Children with autism, there is certainly need for a quiet space for them but not in a locked, tiny, cupboard-sized room.”

LISTEN ABOVE AS DANE DOUGAN SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING

 

Source: Newstalk ZB

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