Video shows boy with autism unlawfully pinned to the ground facedown by adults in ‘abusive’ NDIS-funded therapy
Children with autism and intellectual disabilities have been unlawfully pinned to the ground facedown by up to six workers as part of a controversial therapy funded by the NDIS.
Eighteen children took part in the “Severe Behaviour Program” at Irabina Autism Services in Melbourne.
The program involved children spending hours with staff in small, padded, windowless rooms as part of a therapy imported from the US. Each room had a camera and an observation room with a one-way mirror to allow others to observe the treatment.
Whistleblowers have told Four Corners that children, believed to be mostly aged between 10 and 14, were restrained by staff when they had “uncontrolled behaviours”.
They say workers would put on helmets and sometimes other protective gear before entering the room.
Four Corners has obtained shocking video which shows how one teenage boy with autism and a severe intellectual disability was treated.
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