July 12, 2019, NBC6, Paducah, KY: Local school’s Special Education awarded funds for sensory rooms, augmentative communication technology https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2019/07/12/local-schools-special-education-awarded-funds-for-sensory-rooms-augmentative-communication-technology/ The WHAS Crusade for Children has named McCracken County Public Schools for one of its 2019 grant winners. The Crusade awarded the school’s special education department $13,000 for sensory equipment and communications technology for students with special needs. The school says this support will and act like Hendron Lone Oak’s successful sensory program, but at two more schools. They say funds will also help launch an Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) Library to test which AAC technology best supports each student’s needs. McCracken County School Director of Public Relations Jayme Jones says the number of high-need students in the county schools has increased by 66%, from 75 in 2015 to 125 at last count, with 97 students with autism. Jones says as the number of high-need students increase, so do the variations and complexities of their needs. She says this grant will give the counties students with autism and functional mental disabilities additional communication support and much-needed opportunities for sensory therapy, which will empower them to fully participate in and benefit from classroom learning….
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.