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Sioux Falls, SD: Lawsuit over use of restraint to calm students down

May 8, 2018, Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader: Restraint use, policy focus of first day in Graff lawsuit trial https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/05/08/prone-restraints-question-first-day-graff-trial-childrens-care-hospital-lifescape-sioux-falls/590950002/ Holding a child with developmental disabilities to the ground should be a last-resort method of calming them down, say attorneys for a family suing a children's hospital and school for its treatment of their autistic son. But the school's healthcare providers say the restrictions were necessary to protect the boy, other students and staff. … In the lawsuit, Neil and Deb Graff say that staff harmfully used the prone restraint method of restraining their son, failed to properly inform them of when the restraint was used and violated restraint policies. They say Ben was restrained more than 130 times while he was a resident from March to September 2010, sometimes multiple times per day or for hours at a time. Prone restraint involves bringing a person to the floor face-down and holding that person's arms and legs until they calm down. …