Jan 9, 2020, Kitchener (ON) Today: New learning space for students diagnosed with ASD opens Thursday https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/new-learning-space-for-students-diagnosed-with-asd-opens-thursday-2007966 Students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the Waterloo Region District School Board begin class at the new state of the art learning environment at Rosemount-Grand River. Adjustable lights, weighted blankets, swinging chairs, even a stand-alone trampoline. These are just some of the features of a new space in Waterloo Region designed to support students diagnosed with ASD or autism spectrum disorder. After closing its' doors in June 2018, Rosemount School is now back in business with a new location attached to Grand River Collegiate…. Principal for the Rosemount family of schools, Steve Sherlock says he and his staff, "are very excited to be working in the space and watch the students thrive in a space that has been purposefully built to support them."… Those special lights, weighted blankets, and chairs are all part of the school's sensory room, a room specifically designed to provide sensory stimulation for the students to help them stay calm, focused and enjoy their day….
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.