Mar 7, 2020, KOAM News, Pittsburg, KS: KOAM PROM FOR STUDENTS IN THE AUTISM PROGRAM AT PITTSBURG SCHOOLS OFFERS SENSORY FRIENDLY FUN HTTPS://WWW.KOAMNEWSNOW.COM/PROM-FOR-STUDENTS-IN-THE-AUTISM-PROGRAM-AT-PITTSBURG-SCHOOLS-OFFERS-SENSORY-FRIENDLY-FUN/ It’s Olivia LeFever’s first prom and she’s excited. “I come here and dance.” But this isn’t your average dance…this prom is tailored to students who are on the autism spectrum at Pittsburg Schools. The theme this year is superhero’s. “I’m wonder woman, wonder woman” added Olivia. … “We had a couple students go to prom, like the prom within the whole school of PHS, and it was just kind of overwhelming for the kids, a lot of bright lights and here we can make it fit their sensory needs better and a comfortable setting for them” said Special Education Teacher at Pittsburg High School, Amber Kloster. It’s the third year Pittsburg Schools have held the prom, with this year being the biggest one yet. …
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.