Ok, my school district says they can't educate my difficult child (and I don't think they can based on the multitude of placements-sometimes more than one per year he has been through). He is acting out in every school setting and basically says he doesn't ever want to go to school again. My school district has placed him in a private program. I have heard not so good things about the punitive nature of the program. I have insisted I stay in the building while he is there. He ended up secluded the first day for the two hours he attended. They wanted to restrain him multiple times even though I was able to de-escalate him both times. The second time 5 people were ready to put him in restraints and I went in to talk to him and he asked me for a hug! I cannot wrap my mind around people so eager to seclude and restrain a child. I am now becoming convinced the program purposely triggers the children in order to have them react and then they are shown who is in control. I am so not cool with this. Have any of your children been in such a program and had success? The staff are adamant that controlling the child is what the child wants and needs. I feel like there has to be a more humane and respectful way to gain compliance.