Aug 14, 2019, Hollister (CA) Benito Link: Chamberlain's opens new classroom https://benitolink.com/chamberlains-opens-new-classroom/ Keith Thompson Non-Public School serves students with complex needs. As demand for behavioral health services for youth increases, Chamberlain’s Youth Serviceslooks to close the gap by adding a class to the Keith Thompson Non-Public School. The local nonprofit held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new classroom on Aug. 9. … “Without this facility this means that children would have to travel out of San Benito County in order to get an education,” she said. ... Patrick Ellis, Chamberlain’s executive director, said that a growing number of students have been referred to him for specialized services, and that he has had to redirect them out of the county because Chamberlain’s could accommodate only 12 students. “The traditional school environment, even in their special ed department, sometimes does not have the tools to work with children who have particular needs that a lot of times end up looking like behavioral issues,” Ellis said. Those behaviors include an inability to remain focused in class to the point of becoming disruptive, and students who have difficulty expressing their thoughts in ways that are considered appropriate, Ellis said. When a school district encounters a student whose needs are beyond its capacity, the student is referred to Chamberlain’s, whose goal is to teach the skills required to be successful in a traditional school environment with the help of a mental health clinician and therapeutic services. All students who attend Keith Thompson Non-Public School are referred through the school districts. … Several students from outside San Benito County are referred to Chamberlain’s to receive their education, including those with autism. While Chamberlain’s isn’t equipped to serve students with autism, Ellis said other students would not need to travel out of the county to go to school. … Ellis said most students at Chamberlain’s are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children with ADHD have difficulty with focusing, controlling impulsive behaviors, or being overly active while people with PTSD can feel stressed and afraid after a traumatic event. Confining these students in a van for a long period of time and expecting them to be still is asking a lot of them. Commuting out of the county for education also stretches the school day from five or six hours to about nine with travel time. The commute also takes time that could be used for homework, family, or for more behavioral services. … Although Chamberlain’s has seven enrolled students for the new class, Ellis said he expects this to increase when the school year begins and added there are three out-of-county candidates under review. “When the child’s needs are proven to be beyond the capacity of what the school can offer, that’s when we start getting calls,” Ellis said.
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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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