Feb 18, 2019, KFVS TV, Cape Girardeau, MO: Therapy dogs help students in the classroom in Perryville http://www.kfvs12.com/2019/02/18/therapy-dogs-help-students-classroom-perryville/ PERRYVILLE, MO- The Perry County School District #32 added a couple more staff members to work with the students this school year. However, they help comfort students without saying a word. The school district has brought in four therapy dogs to help the students with anxiety, diagnosed behavior issues, students with trauma and also to be there to add to the positive climate in the classrooms. Perry County District Autism and Behavior Consultant Jenn Farmer Henry said when a student sees one of the dogs, it has an immediate positive impact…. Leslie Ackermann, Perryville Elementary Behavior Resource Teacher, helps the children with her therapy dog named Jasmine. Jasmine's first day of school was back in October and has been working with the students ever since….
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.