July 17, 2018, Brunswick (GA) News: School system adds position to support mental health services https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/school-system-adds-position-to-support-mental-health-services/article_b09e4e44-25db-503b-bd23-e766e4018f61.html Glynn County Schools has added to its administration a new position that will oversee wrap-around services for the mental health programs offered to students. Senetra Haywood will take over this school year as the director of student services. The position oversees school counselors, social workers and nurses. Virgil Cole, superintendent of Glynn County Schools, said Monday that the director of student services position will bring together all the various mental health services that have been offered in Glynn County Schools. … Haywood has already begun to review the social and emotional health curriculum options for system-wide implementation, according to a report given to Glynn County Board of Education members at a work session last week. She will also review the school system’s prescribed protocol for suicide prevention. … Haywood will work with Rod Ellis, chief of Glynn County Schools Police, on a threat assessment team to establish district-wide protocols. … During the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year, the school system used Title IV funds to bring in mental health professionals to offer weekly counseling sessions at the Jackson Learning Center, an alternative school for students with a history of behavioral issues. …
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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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