Jan 7, 2019, KIMT3, Rochester, MN: 'SENSORY FLOOR' RECEIVING POSITIVE REVIEWS AT CHARLES CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Sensory-floor-receiving-positive-reviews-at-Charles-City-elementary-school-504030881.html CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Teachers in a North Iowa elementary school are trying to improve the classroom atmosphere for students who have sensory issues. Lincoln Elementary in Charles City recently introduced a "sensory floor" in a hallway at the school. The hall gives students specific instructions to help them concentrate while burning off some extra energy. For instance, they might be asked to hop skotch from one end of the hall to the other. The goal is to help reduce sensory overload, stress and anxiety throughout the school day. … Lincoln's not the only school to have a sensory floor. "Washington is in the works. They're actually going to have a sensory hallway hopefully by the end of this month." In addition to the sensory floor, the school has brought in lighting filters to reduce glare, and created other spaces where students can calm down and relax outside of their classrooms.
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.