Sept 13, 2018, Global News: New education support staff receive training for Nova Scotia schools https://globalnews.ca/news/4446334/education-support-staff-ns/ The addition of nearly 200 new support staff in schools across Nova Scotia is being referred to as part of a transformational shift in how education is delivered in the province. Those hired to take on the roles of behaviour support teachers, autism specialists and child and youth care practitioners among others, will soon land in their new positions within schools, many of whom are coming straight from a two-day training session recently designed by department staff…. “I’m really excited because I am looking forward to working with the children and the behaviour support staff and the administration in the school,” she explained. “And working with the children and connecting them to the community, working also with their families.” … Jacqui MacIntosh will be doing double-duty this year, filling the role of behaviour support teacher as well as vice-principal….
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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.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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