June 21, 2019, My Grande Prairie (AB) Now: New sensory room, garden hoped to have calming effect on Bezanson School students https://www.mygrandeprairienow.com/58109/new-sensory-room-garden-hoped-to-have-calming-effect-on-bezanson-school-students/ Bezanson School officials are hoping a new sensory room will help their students focus better. With the help of a $13,000 grant, one will be set up in time for the 2019/2020 school year. “They’re often used for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Fetal Alcohol Syndrom Disorders. It helps children calm and focus themselves so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with other people,” says Principal Elizabeth Linfield. … TAlong with the room, the school has also been given a $3,000 grant to build a student-run garden that would teach them how to grow their own food. Linfield hopes that by putting in these two new calming areas, it might keep children in the classroom longer….
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.