Oct 25, 2018, Cayman Compass: Behavior program expands into school setting https://www.caymancompass.com/2018/10/25/behavior-program-expands-into-school-setting/ Officials with the Family Resource Centre are expanding their SNAP program by training teachers and school counselors. Program manager Charmaine Bush-Miller said the center has trained 60 teachers and 25 counselors since June to help increase access to the program. SNAP, which stands for Stop Now and Plan, is a behavior modification system for helping children deal with social conflict and crisis. Children are taught coping mechanisms for controlling their emotions and thinking about consequences before taking action. Targeted at children with behavior problems, the Family Resource Centre adopted the program – which began in Canada – a year and a half ago…. Working with the Department of Education, she said, the center was able to coordinate the training of school personnel. She said she is hoping integrating with educators on the ground will lead to more recruitment of students….
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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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