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E. Moline, IL: Isolation rooms for students with "sensory overload"

Nov 8, 2017, WQAD TV, Moline, IL: Area schools use specialized isolation rooms http://wqad.com/2017/11/08/area-schools-use-specialized-isolation-rooms/ Black Hawk Special Education Center has various types of rooms to help relax special needs students. East Moline's Black Hawk Special Education Center has small "sensory" rooms available to students. And for Joseph, who has autism, it's proving to help him get through the day. … Iowa's use of seclusion rooms is being tested. A Coralville attorney has filed a complaint with Iowa's Education Department over the use of this seclusion room at an Iowa City school. An Iowa City School District Task Force found that 18 students accounted for 75% of incidents involving seclusion rooms. Iowa City Schools has a number of "seclusion rooms" that will now be phased out by the 2018-209-19 school year. …. But other Iowa districts are using them. … Bettendorf Schools have what are called "time away rooms". The District says it has protocols that must be followed before a student is sent into the rooms. And the students are never left unattended. … "When you're all stirred up, you're not able to think or have any kind of reflective communication about what's happening," she said. … Bettendorf has what's called "Challenging Behavior Teams". They may take a student out of the classroom, talking with them in a room or hallway, or even walking with them outdoors to solve the problem before returning to the classroom. … But more and more districts are finding small, quiet rooms are effective for their students, especially those with Special Needs. "With autism, the weighted blankets they can put on the laps to sit," demonstrated Riverside Middle School principal Jim Jennings. …