Nov 17, 2018, Idaho Press: Growing understanding of childhood trauma pushes Idaho leaders to respond https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/growing-understanding-of-childhood-trauma-pushes-idaho-leaders-to-respond/article_fe2f1ef3-cefa-5dcf-85f8-f740b79a03e5.html The moment a student at Lewis and Clark Elementary feels overwhelmed, they raise four fingers signifying a “flipped lid,” which alerts teachers they are going to take a moment to collect themselves. It’s part of the school’s resilience-based learning method, which guides how teachers and staff respond to students’ conflicting behaviors. The introduction to “mindfulness moments” came in part after the school’s counselor, Angela Layne, learned about adverse childhood experiences and their potential to negatively impact children into adulthood. The school of nearly 500 students is one of a few around the state equipping students and teachers with tools to positively respond to trauma and stress instead of responding with outbursts of anger or frustration. … The Gem State ranks fifth nationwide for children who have experienced more than three traumatic experiences in their life, according to a 2014 study of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Types of ACEs include abuse, neglect or dysfunction in the home, such as substance abuse, divorce, violence or incarceration. … Early traumas can follow a child into adulthood in the form of health problems, substance abuse and financial woes, a study completed in 1997 found. The study was the first to ask “what happened to you?” instead of focusing on “what’s wrong with you?” Myers said. … To help children cope and develop resiliency, adults and parents must recognize their own traumas, he said. A 2018 study found that children whose parents experienced at least one adverse childhood experience were 56 percent more likely to have emotional or mental health issues. … … Sherman would like to see more parenting classes in high schools and beyond to accomplish that. … Students and teachers participate in mindful moments each day, and when students feel like they’re going to “flip their lid,” they can excuse themselves to mindful spaces to gather their thoughts and take part in what Layne calls the “power of the pause.” … When Matthew, a 9-year-old student, gets nervous, he likes to tap each of his fingertips to his thumb. It helps him relax, he said. For other students, they can take a moment in a mindful space in the classroom, try breathing exercises or do yoga poses. …
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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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