April 15, 2019, Freeport (IL) Journal: Center School’s Sensory Pathway helps students focus, burn excess energy https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20190415/center-schools-sensory-pathway-helps-students-focus-burn-excess-energy Tucked away in the first-grade hallway at Center School in Freeport is a Sensory Pathway that helps children learn, focus and burn off excess energy. Developed by Katelyn Copus, Taylor Siracusa and Brianna Dascher, the Sensory Pathway is a series of colorful, creative and playful exercises designed to develop motor skills and balance, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness…. Copus, a speech and language pathologist at the school, said they originally created the path for students with special needs but realized that it’s good for all students…. In addition to helping students become aware of their senses, the path’s high-intensity activities get the blood pumping, helping them to sit still for longer periods in the classroom. Dascher said there are plans to create additional sensory pathways in other hallways at the school.
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.