Oct 3, 2018, NEWARK, NJ, NJTV: Bergen County school caters to students with psychiatric needs https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/bergen-county-school-caters-to-students-with-psychiatric-needs/ From the outside, Paradigm Therapeutic Day School looks like any school, but it’s what’s going on inside that separates it from the rest. “The reason why the students are here is because they’re not able to make it in their regular school districts now and/or they have an intense clinical needs, psychiatric needs, and those needs are being addressed here through the clinicians,” said Maureen Kerne, region V special education coordinator. The private school celebrated its grand opening in September. It caters to students ages 12 to 21 who are classified as having behavioral disabilities and emotional disabilities. The student to staff ratio is 3 to 1. Christian Linius is one of 14 students currently enrolled at the school… Students do not need to live in Bergen County to attend, but do need be classified by a school district’s child study team to enroll. Tuition is nearly $70,000 for a school year. Under federal law, the full amount is paid for by the student’s school district….
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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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