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
Feb 26, 2020
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Clayton, AL: School adds sensory path for kids to 'get some of their sensory needs out'
Feb 24, 2020, Clayton (AL) Advertiser: Sensory Path coming to Verbena Annex https://www.clantonadvertiser.com/2020/02/24/sensory-path-coming-to-verbena-annex/Verbena Annex will be adding a Sensory Path to help students who need a break thanks to funds from the Chilton Education Foundation.
PEECh grant committee members presented $1,500 to Assistant Principal Jodie Lawley, special education teacher Lacey Mims and speech pathologist Caroline Rushing on Feb. 21.
Lawley said the path will be another resource, in addition to the sensory room established last year, for “students who need a break to diffuse, so it’s an outlet for them to get out of the classroom and just take a break, a mental break.”
“It is going to go in the main hallway,” Lawley said.
She said she had seen the path in use at other schools and wanted to get one for Verbena Annex.
“There are some students who need that extra time away from the classroom to move around and just get some of their sensory needs out,” Mims said. …
“We are excited to have it,” Lawley said. …
…The Sensory Path was developed by special education teacher Holly Clay after meeting with occupational therapists and physical therapists to determine what movements would most help students with sensory processing disorders, such as autism.