Dec 19, 2019, NBC12, Richmond, VA: Henrico Doctors’ introduces new autism, sensory-friendly ER for kids https://www.nbc12.com/2019/12/19/henrico-doctors-introduces-new-autism-sensory-friendly-er-kids/ Henrico Doctors’ Hospital held a ribbon-cutting for its new autism and sensory-friendly emergency room for children. The facility is the first of its kind in central Virginia. The newly-designed rooms provide tools such as a communication notebook, a calming light projector, dimmed lights and a sensory cart filled with calming toys for pediatric patients. In addition, all staff members are trained on how to best interact with patients with sensory needs. According to the CDC, one in 59 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder and one in six has a developmental disability.
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.