Aug 5, 2018, Fox 16, Little Rock, AR: Middle School in Springdale Provides Space for Those with Special Needs https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/middle-school-in-springdale-provides-space-for-those-with-special-needs/1348269269 It's almost time for kids to head back to class, and one middle school in Springdale has built a space for kids who need a little more attention outside of the classroom. At Senora Middle School you will see many dark classrooms in the summer, when school hasn't yet started, but one room is planning to stay dark most of the year to help kids with special needs. … Marleah Hannaford, a Special Needs Teacher, says the room releases their anxiety, and gives them an opportunity to learn, and looking around the room, you will see a lot of sensory teaching tools, dim lighting, and comforting sounds. … The teachers who built this room say they are encouraged for how this space will help them nurture and include all of their students in the learning process, which is music to many parents' ears whose children need an alternative learning space.
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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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