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.
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. John Stone, 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
Mar 19, 2019
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Smyrna, TN: New role for school nurses: CHRONICALLY ILL STUDENTS
Mar 15, 2019, News Channel 5, Nashville, TN: School nurses are treating chronic conditions now more than everhttps://www.newschannel5.com/school-nurses-are-treating-chronic-conditions-now-more-than-ever
SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — School nurses are trying to bridge the gap between healthcare and education, according to Barbara Herrell, the clinical charge nurse at Rutherford County Schools.
"[A] nurse may have something in mind that may help the student succeed in the classroom that the teacher hasn't thought about," said Herrell. "It's a unique role. We want all of our students to have academic success."
Herrell supervises 60 nurses that tend to the 14,000 students in the school district. She said school nurses have a lot on their plate.
"The nurses do a lot of care with asthmatic students, students with cystic fibrosis," said Herrell. "A lot of students are very very sick, and a lot is going on with their health. Without a nurse, some wouldn't be able to attend school."
School nurse Andrea Cain works at Christiana Elementary with students between three and eleven years old. …
"Their world is turned upside down. We're constantly watching, monitoring and developing a plan of care for them to be able to keep them at optimal health, and to be healthy and in school where they learn," she said. …
Cain said she has seen kids face new or unfamiliar diseases.