Sept 3, 2019, Murray (KY) Ledger and Times: Murray State University celebrates opening of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders https://www.murrayledger.com/community/murray-state-university-celebrates-opening-of-center-for-autism-spectrum/article_98906822-cb68-11e9-8326-f384576d184a.html The Murray State University Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Aug. 22 in Alexander Hall. Led by Murray State University School Psychology Program Director Dr. Sean Simons and College of Education and Human Services Assessment Clinic Director Dr. Marty Dunham, this facility was designed to alleviate two simple, yet profound, problems: providing timely, comprehensive and affordable diagnostic evaluations and treatment options for children of all ages who demonstrate at-risk symptoms for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and helping to support families. … …Simons said. “If you’ve been touched by the life of a person with autism, you know it takes a village. There’s no one person that has all the answers, but together, we can truly make a difference.”… “We think there is a huge demand for this clinic and this fits in so well with the outreach endeavors this college provides,” Whaley said. “The future is very bright, and it will surely become even brighter as this clinic opens its doors.” …
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.