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Franklin, TN: More autistic students, greater need for mental health providers, therapy dog added

May 22, 2018, The Tennessean (Franklin, TN): Franklin Schools budget to increase slightly over last year https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2018/05/22/franklin-schools-budget-increase-slightly-over-last-year/619322002/ …New positions to help special needs children About $546,676 has been proposed to fund new positions in the district. Most of the funding will turn part-time contractual jobs into full-time positions. Many of the district-wide positions — autism consultant, occupational therapist, deaf educator and school psychologist — have been proposed to meet the needs of certain student populations. The district has seen an increase in students with profoundly deaf students and students on the autistic spectrum. FSSD had 42 autistic students in 2014. That number increased to 62 autistic students in 2018. … Therapy dog For the first time ever, the district has included funding for a therapy dog to help special needs children. …