July 25, 2019, New York Post: Airport ‘sensory room’ helps kids with autism adjust to flying https://nypost.com/2019/07/25/airport-sensory-room-helps-kids-with-autism-adjust-to-flying/ Traveling can be stressful for any family of young children, but the prospect can be overwhelming for kids with autism. That’s why Pittsburgh International Airport just installed a “sensory room,” which will help those with autism and other special needs acclimate to the in-flight experience before stepping onto the plane. The sound-proof space includes a reproduction of an American Airlines jet cabin — seat belts, overhead bins and all — allowing kids to get used to the environment. The 1,500-square-foot room is also equipped with comfy seating, soothing lights, bubble tube lamps and an adult-sized changing table. The idea came from PIA employee Jason Rudge, whose 4-year-old son Presley has autism. He had his first “sensory room” experience two years prior, which Jason says made a positive impact on Presley…. “It’s incredibly important that we are able to welcome all the passengers here who want to be here and we want to give them the best experience before they get on the airplane,” says CEO Christina Cassotis. “We see this as an enormous public service and opportunity. It’s going to make things better for families and for their fellow passengers. Rudge hopes the room, affectionately dubbed “Presley’s Place,” will allow families “to go on vacations that [they] never thought they could.”…
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.