Feb 1, 2019, Federal Valley, WA, Maple Valley Reporter: Grant will fund new mental health coordinators https://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/news/grant-will-fund-new-mental-health-coordinators/ The Tahoma School District received a grant from King County called “Best Starts for Kids,” to hire two new mental health coordinators for the middle schools. … The higher the risk, the higher the priority. Once a student has completed the questionnaire and it has been evaluated, that’s when the new mental health and wellness coordinators come into play. Gwendolyhe Tahoma School District received a grant from King County called “Best Starts for Kids,” to hire two new mental health coordinators for the middle schools. …n Huete , the new Mental Health and Wellness coordinator at Summit Trails Middle School, said her role is to screen students and provide them with a brief intervention that consists of one to five sessions, she said. … The screening program is still in the beginning stages, Wakeley added. Huete said she started screening and speaking with kids starting in November 2018, and said so far it’s been a success. … Meaning the school sends out permission forms to parents in order to screen the student. Soon though, Wakeley said they will have an opt-out strategy, once the school starts doing more universal screenings of bigger groups of students who will be screened. …
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.