Aug 29, 2018, Sacramento State News: Early childhood special education credential returns https://www.csus.edu/news/articles/2018/8/29/Early-childhood-special-education-credential-returns.shtml Sacramento State has relaunched its Early Childhood Special Education credential program, aiming to fill a critical statewide need for teachers trained to work specifically with children with disabilities from birth through kindergarten. The two-year program, which will start this fall with a cohort of about 20 students, will be offered fully online, making it the only distance-learning program for early childhood special education in the state. … Improving services to young children and students with disabilities by stressing inclusivity supports the desire to help their students "grow up to be adults who are more included in society, and that starts with our schools.”… There has been an increase locally in the number of preschool programs, and a nationwide rise in autism and other communication delays in children, Collado said, highlighting the need for teachers and other educators trained to work with young populations. “The Sacramento area especially was lacking in a strong credential program for early childhood special education,” Collado said. “There is also a huge push nationally for an increased focus on intervening early.”…
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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.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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