June 10, 2019, Phoenix, AZ, KTAR FM: ‘Calming room’ helping students at Phoenix elementary school https://ktar.com/story/2609187/calming-room-helping-students-at-phoenix-elementary-school/ Bean bags, tents, mats and dimmed lights — that’s what’s inside the calming room at Larkspur Elementary School in Phoenix. “It’s meant for kids who are just having a hard time, whether they’re being physically aggressive or they just need less sensory input,” said Jennifer Crowley, a social worker at the school. “A staff member will go in there with them and just kind of give them some time to calm down.” Calming rooms are seen as an alternative to traditional discipline practices. … The school opened the calming room earlier this year after Crowley learned about it through a symposium hosted by Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The symposium brings together teachers from across Arizona to hear from experts in mental health. Teachers learn about trauma-informed care and best practices to help students dealing with trauma. Crowley said in addition to the calming room, teachers at her school also are using techniques — such as yoga — to promote positive mental health for students. …
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.