July 17, 2018, Peoria (IL) Public Radio: Student Behavioral Threat Assessment Workshop Held in Dunlap http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/student-behavioral-threat-assessment-workshop-held-dunlap#stream/0 “If in doubt, shout it out!” That’s the message a national safety expert is teaching Illinois law enforcement and educators. Dozens of agencies and schools are participating in an Illinois School and Campus Safety Program at Dunlap High School. The workshop focused on evaluating student behavior and threat prevention methods. Dr. Gene Deisinger is with the Virginia-based SIGMA threat management associates. He says cooperation between schools, law enforcement and the wider community is the best threat prevention approach. “Violence is a complex phenomenon. It’s not solely a mental health (issue). It’s not solely behavioral. It's not solely a criminal issue. It’s not solely an administrative issue. So if we can bring the best assets we have from those respective domains, we have the best possible solution with the resources we have,” says Deisinger….
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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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