Jan 4, 2019, Lancaster (PA) Online: Meet the 4-legged friends helping Lancaster County students overcome mental health issues https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/meet-the--legged-friends-helping-lancaster-county-students-overcome/article_d997d25e-0f8b-11e9-9ea2-8ff0283ed39f.html Greeting students Thursday morning inside Manor Middle School was Principal Dana Edwards, Assistant Principal Scott Keddie, school counselor Danielle Rogers and perhaps the most popular of them all: Wrangler, a 2-year-old Australian Labradoodle. Wrangler sat, wagging his tail, waiting patiently for a pet, scratch or a high-five. Soon enough, one student came, and then another. And another…. Such scenes are becoming more common in local schools, as more districts see the mental health benefits that four-legged friends can provide to students. … … He welcomes each student every day, sits with them as they read and soothes stressed or anxious students. … Perry Hazeltine, a psychologist at the Samaritan Counseling Center, said the constant exposure children have through social media can lead to anxiety and depression. … Wrangler is one of at least seven dogs serving Lancaster County school districts. At least two other school districts — Manheim Central and Warwick — are in the process of adding a therapy or facility dog. Elizabethtown Area is also exploring the idea….
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.