Jan 5, 2020, Abilene (TX) Reporter News: Abilene ISD's first sensory path gets students skipping, jumping, squatting and more https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/education/2020/01/05/abilene-isd-ward-elementary-first-sensory-path-gets-students-skipping-jumping-squatting-autism/2770046001/ …That's how the new sensory hallway at Ward Elementary School begins. It's a lot of physical activity for a school filled with young children who need to get the "wiggles" out…. "This isn't only for our special education students. It's for everybody. There are students diagnosed ADHD who have extra wiggles, and they need to get some of their fidgetiness out so they can get back to class," Ripple said. "We have some older kids who are coming through here in the morning, and they're a little sleepy getting off the bus, so they need to wake themselves up. "We have some students with autism and they needs some of that sensory input. So, they go through here and they're hopping and a skipping and they're jumping and they're pressing."… They sold Smencils (smelly pencils) and spirit sticks each Friday last school year, pulling in about $2,000 in funds….
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.