May 20, 2019, KRIS TV, Corpus Christi, TX: New sensory room at Robstown ISD helps students with autism https://kristv.com/news/2019/05/20/new-sensory-room-at-robstown-isd-helps-students-with-autism/ A Robstown Elementary School just finished designing a new sensory room. This room is going to help students across the Coastal Bend who have autism. The new room at Robert Driscoll Elementary has bubble columns and even a sensory wall. It’s what dreams are made of for autistic students and their parents…. There’s a need for a room like this because Robstown ISD says there are 25 children with autism in the district’s pre-K through third grade classes. … The room is part of a pilot project paid for by a grant from the Texas Education Agency. While Robstown ISD leaders hope other districts will follow, Valentina’s mom says it’s already making a difference in her daughter’s life. The $1 million grant was awarded at the beginning of the school year, and Robstown ISD just got more exciting news. The grant was renewed for another year, which means the district will get an additional $1 million. The district plans to share that money with nine other school districts in the Coastal Bend. They are: Agua Dulce ISD, Aransas County ISD, Aransas Pass ISD, Benavides ISD, Bishop ISD, Ingleside ISD, Port Aransas ISD, San Diego ISD and Sinton ISD.
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.