Posted ByWorried on September 29, 1999 at 11:38:00:
In my travels round the Internet, I have come across several accounts by parents who have gone through Son-Rise training which mention that they use locks to prevent their child escaping from the playroom, even though the child cries and screams to get out, and may be spending all or most of their waking hours locked in there. In one account, the parent mentioned that a Options faciliator had visited their home, and encouraged use of the bolt on the door to prevent the child trying to get out.
This disturbs me a great deal. I understand the logic of having a distraction-free room, especially for children who may have a lot of trouble processing sensory information, but if a low-stimuli room is really a relief and a program is really fun, you shouldn't need to use locks to keep a child in the room.
Locking a child in a small room all day when they don't want to stay there just seems coercive to me, if not abusive. I would like to know whether the Option Institute condones this, and if so, why.
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