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Cherry Hill, NJ: Mother of 2 kids with ASD defends "padded spaces" for kids to calm down in school

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

Nov 18, 2018, Cherry Hill Courier Post: LETTER: Schools need padded spaces for kids to calm down https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/11/18/schools-need-padded-spaces-kids-calm-down/2047421002/ The dad in this story https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2018/11/14/monroe-township-nj-parents-upset-son-autism-placed-padded-room/2002193002/ apparently doesn’t understand the needs of many special education students. Children with sensory issues often find it calming to be in smaller, private spaces. If you add too much stimulation to that environment, it defeats the purpose of holding children who need less stimulation to get calm. Padding is necessary because some children head bang or attempt to hurt themselves when escalated or overstimulated. Please stop giving this story press. Some of us are fighting to get these areas in classes so that our children have an area in their environment to calm down so they don’t have to leave school every time they have a minor meltdown. As a mother of two autistic children, I applaud the school for trying to meet the needs of their special ed students.