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Please notice the statistics on disabilities among children today. They’re stupefying. Ten percent, twenty percent, fifty percent, and still no asks why this is happening. Schools are making dramatic changes to help students who can’t function like we’ve always thought kids could, without questions.

When you read, “It is estimated one in ten young people is living with a diagnosable mental health issue,” any rational person has to ask, WHY? What brought about such a dramatic and sudden change?

There’s no real concern about what’s causing this. Even the British royal family—Prince William, his wife, Catherine, and Prince Harry—are only advocating for awareness and services for mental health issues in children.

I honestly believe some of these high estimates of disabilities—a half of kids, two-thirds—are absurd,  I think it's intended to muddy the water to the point that no one knows what's going on—it's just that things are really bad. 

 We’re being conditioned to more acceptance (after all, we’ve somehow adjusted to two percent of kids with autism). All we need is AWARENESS and SERVICES—just like with autism, and everything will be fine. IF there were something seriously wrong, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE would be telling us. Officials would be concerned. Legislators would be calling for answers. BUT that’s not happening, so everything’s just fine.

Or is it?

(And notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is right there, promoting the idea that all the emotional/behavioral problems at school, COME FROM HOME: trauma, adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress.)

We can blame outside forces, namely parents/bad home environment, and especially moms who drank while pregnant, along with social media.

Feb 4, 2018, (UK) Sunday Express: School, and not social media, is 'by far the biggest concern' for stressed children

TWO-thirds of children are stressed about life at secondary school while only a tenth are worried about social media. A survey has also discovered that a third of pupils are unhappy at home with a quarter concerned about their weight.

It is also disturbing that increasing numbers of children at nursery and primary school level are being treated at hospital for self-harming. …


Feb 4, 2018, ABC7 Chicago: News Views: Mental health resources for children

Nearly 16 percent of Illinois high school students report that they've seriously considered attempting suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately one in five children ages 13 to 18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.


Feb 4, 2018, Joplin (MO) Globe: Becky Brannock: School counselors meet multiple needs of students

The number of students who enter school with mental health diagnoses is continuing to rise. It is not uncommon for up to 20 percent of our student population to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and many of those are not receiving treatment (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).


Feb 4, 2018, Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle: Woof, woof! Dogs provide buddy therapy to help kids cope

That’s the thinking behind therapy dog programs, which are popping up in several of our eastside schools. Teachers and counselors are bringing their certified therapy dogs into their classrooms and offices to help students work through issues….


Feb 4, 2018, Arizona, East Valley Tribune: Bill would require mandatory training for suicide prevention

“Guidance counselors tell me that 10 years ago, 90 percent of the issues they saw involved traditional advising, schedules and such and only 10 percent involved social or emotional issues,” Bowie said, adding:

“Now, that’s reversed and 90 percent of what they see are students with emotional and social problems.” …

“Guidance counselors are not equipped to deal with social and emotional issues,” Bowie said.


Feb 4, 2018, VT Digger: Struggling Vermont students could be better served for less, studies say

The group studied educational practices in ten Vermont supervisory unions, and found that nearly 40 percent of all elementary students are struggling to read, and their teachers feel “ill-equipped” to help them. …

The report also referred to the growing need for experts in behavioral management, as more and more students come to school suffering from trauma, and with social and emotional challenges.


Feb 4, 2018, (Canada) CBC News: How a 'Comfort Cove' helps a teacher and her students recharge—Beanbag chairs and low lighting turn classroom into lunchtime retreat

The problems I noted earlier persist in the public school system. Comfort Cove has not solved this. I worry especially about behavioural problems, including the threat of physical violence in the classroom, and the impact on both students' well-being and their educational outcomes.

Major systemic issues need to be addressed. I'm talking about disrespectful attitudes, foul language in the classroom and a refusal to participate in classroom activities. Many teachers see these behaviours every day.


 Feb 4, 2018, (Canada) CTV, Winnipeg: 'It’s not the job of the teacher to be hit': Winnipeg Teachers’ Association

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association wants to encourage its members to report acts of violence or threats of violence.

“It’s not the job of the teacher to be hit, kicked, slapped or called names in the course of doing their job,” said Kristin Insull, President of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association (WTA), the union representing all instructional staff within the Winnipeg School Division.

“There’s also a connotation of the word violent that teachers are sometimes hesitant to apply to a child with special needs,” Insull said.


Feb 5, 2018, (UK) HuffPost: Children's Mental Health Week: What's Needed To Improve CAMHS In The UK, According To Parents

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the UK are “complex” and “fragmented”, leaving many kids with a poor experience of care. …


Roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder and almost one in four children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health. …


According to YoungMinds, the average waiting time for a first appointment with CAMHS is six months, with a 10-month wait until the start of treatment. …


“There is a real child mental health crisis at the moment, for a number of reasons, and the government has to put far more money behind child mental health provision.” 

Feb 5, 2018, Erie, PA, Your Erie: General McLane teachers participate in mental health training

For the first time ever, the entire staff of General McLane High School participates in a mental health training.

Local behavior and psychology expert Kimberly Morrow spent the morning with more than 200 teachers and staff members from the district.  Training them on dealing with students who have anxiety, OCD, and other mental health issues.

Superintendent Richard Scaletta says many schools are seeing an increase in mental health issues amongst students, this is why he wanted his staff to be properly trained. 


Feb 5, 2018, WBFO FM, Buffalo, NY: Getting to the root cause of disruptive student behavior

“Disruptive behavior has a root cause. Our disruptive children are in pain. They need help,” declared Jessica Bauer Walker, executive director, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo. …

Since 2011, the city district has been using results from Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It's a national research tool from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  In recent years trauma has emerged as a major behavioral problem for some city school students.


Feb 5, 2018, (Canada) Manitoba, The Brandon Sun: Demand for mental health support services spikes at BU

Brandon University has seen a tenfold increase over the past decade in the number of students seeking support services for mental health.

Advocates of these services say the trend is linked to a greater awareness being brought to mental health in both universities and society at large.


Feb 5, 2018, Chicago Tribune: Indiana House passes bill to limit school suspensions, expulsions

A bill looking to reduce suspensions, expulsions and school arrests unanimously passed the House on Monday.

The goal is to have school districts — with parental feedback — develop a graduated "positive discipline" system that leads to punishment and lost school time only as a last resort. It also requires schools to factor in the role that formative traumatic stress plays on student behavior. …

Feb 5, 2018, (UK) Lincolnshire, Boston Standard: School hits £23,000 fund raising target

John Fielding Special School, in Ashlawn Drive, is excitedly looking ahead to the installation of much-needed, bespoke sensory equipment on site following the successful fund raiser. …

The school provides a specialised curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of its pupils.

Learners there range in age from two to 19 and all have severe learning difficulties, while some also have an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty. Its current sensory room was devised nine years ago.

The equipment is used on a daily basis and is now in a poor state of repair, the schools says.

Many items have had to be removed completely and the room is now mostly used as a calming space for pupils.



Feb 5, 2018, Sullivan (MO) Independent News: District Needs Additional Special Education Teacher


Bourbon School District special education director DiAnna Thompson said at the board’s January meeting an additional teacher was needed based on the growing number of class sizes and referrals.


The students have needs that go beyond just reading, writing and math. Thompson said special education teachers must address issues that extend to their home lives.


“We’re having to be moms, dads, caretakers, counselors and therapists for our kids,” she said.



Feb 5, 2018, (Canada) Winnipeg Free Press: Teachers urged to report all assaults, even minor or accidental

Teachers will report when they are intentionally punched in the face, but not when they are pinched or slapped by a student living with special needs. …

Both Kristin Insull, president of the Teachers' Association, and WSD chairwoman Sherri Rollins, said teachers are underreporting physical and verbal incidents against them.  They call on teachers to report all such incidents they experience on the job, no matter if they are extremely violent or minimal. …


Feb 5, 2018, Florence, SC, SCNow: Early Childhood Center in Lake City cuts ribbon for new sensory motor room

Just as some adults need coffee in the mornings or need to go to the gym before starting their day, children sometimes need a sensory diet, too,

And the school district now is accommodating the diet of children with disabilities through a new sensory motor room at the Lake City Early Childhood Center.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the school Monday morning for the district’s first sensory room.

“We wanted to give our kids whatever diet thing that they needed,” George said. “So this is it. You have your calming station. You have your sensory motor station. You have your visual station. You have your activity station. So we’re trying to give the kids, if you will, the coffee (they) need in the morning.” …


Feb 5, 2018, Minneapolis Star Tribune: At Minneapolis school, young yogis deal with stress by striking a 'tree' pose—A Minneapolis school is turning to Yoga Calm to help kids manage emotions

Pratt has seen an uptick in children dealing with stressful home situations, such as unstable housing, homelessness, family deaths and living in unsafe neighborhoods, said school Principal Nancy Vague. She said she hopes the calming strategies can help students better manage their emotions and behaviors. …

The company has taken its Yoga Calm techniques to schools in other states like Colorado and

Illinois, but it's also introduced the techniques to students in other Twin Cities schools,

 Before the training, when kids didn't know how to deal with challenges, Vague said, they would sometimes flee to a corner of the room or sometimes even out of the classroom.



Feb 5, 2018, Local Wicked Wareham (MA): District wants to reduce number of out-of-district students

a total proposed budget of $29.4 million for the upcoming school year - and with a steadily declining student enrollment since 2008 – down to around 2,300 students for 2018 as opposed to more than 3,000 in 2008, it may seem like a tough marketing campaign to get students back to the school district.

 “Our student enrollment is decreasing, this we know, but our special education student enrollment is not decreasing,” said MacMillan.



Feb 5, 2018, Salt Lake City, Deseret News: Bill to create grant program for elementary school counselors gets committee nod

The House Education Committee endorsed legislation Monday that would authorize the Utah State Board of Education to award matching grants to increase numbers of counselors in Utah elementary schools.

School counselors work with teachers to come up with positive behavior supports for students who are struggling with behavioral issues or anxiety….

But as Dickson visited schools across the state this fall during her "listening tour," educators throughout Utah remarked on the need for more counseling support in schools. …

The committee adopted an amendment that requires the State School Board to provide training that instructs educators on the impact of trauma on student learning, "including information advising educators against practicing medicine, giving a diagnosis, or providing treatment."…


Feb 5, 2018, NBC3 Louisville, KT: Louisville classrooms make the switch to standing desks

Teachers are turning to standing desks and other methods of movement to increase concentration and focus in the classroom. …

"If I just sit down I get really move-y because I have ADHD," fifth-grader Laila Holt said. 

The Focus Desks have also led to other methods of movement; students will often play with putty or rotate cubes to keep their hands and fingers busy. But while bodies are moving - their eyes are still - focused on the day's lesson.

Feb 6, 2018, Reading (PA) Eagle: Is a too-clean childhood behind spike in allergies?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with food allergies increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC also states that peanut and tree nut allergies tripled in children from the U.S. between 1997 and 2008.

These numbers are staggering.

However, with the advancement of today's science and medicine, some people question if food allergies were just as prevalent in earlier times, and people just weren't aware of it. …

What makes the increased prevalence of food allergies in children so puzzling is when we stop to ask why. The answer? Well, even scientists aren't sure.


Feb 6, 2018, OHS Canada: No Child’s Play

They have had enough. More and more teachers are speaking up about a problem that has largely remained under the radar — violence against teachers from students. …

Doucet agrees that the lack of professional resources when it comes to mental-health issues and behavioural support is one of the biggest challenges. “We don’t have enough school psychologists; we don’t have enough guidance counsellors. The caseloads of these specialists are huge,” Doucet says. “We have guidance counsellors who are in two to four schools; some schools don’t have guidance counsellors. We need more of these specialists. We need these specialists to do some training in conflict resolution and violence prevention.”

Little recalls having a discussion with a retired teacher who, on one occasion, took 20 of her students out of a classroom because one of her students was having a meltdown. “That is one of the ways teachers cope: they just take the students out of harm’s way,” Little says. “That is very disruptive.  …

Feb 6, 2018, NY Times: Far More U.S. Children than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol

Less severe is alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, in which children have neurological but not physical characteristics and it is known that their mothers drank during pregnancy. …

“When you identify a kid with FASD, you’ve just identified a mom who drank during pregnancy and harmed her child,” said Susan Astley, director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the study. …

“It’s kind of like the hidden problem,” said Dr. Howard Taras, a study author and professor at the University of California, San Diego, who is the physician for the San Diego Unified School District, which participated in the study. “If not in one classroom, certainly in another, there’s going to be one or two kids with these problems, but they’re not identified as such.”


Feb 7, 2018, New Zealand's learning support services 'in crisis', says NZ Principals' Federation

Waiting lists for learning support services in schools are too long, with the average delay on early intervention services running to almost three months, the Ministry of Education admits.

The education sector says "special education is in crisis", causing major stress on teachers, schools and students due to lack of resource and money.

Students across the country still wait an average of 47.37 days for any support….

He said that, individually, schools such as Berhampore were on lists that extended six months and longer.

"We're a good example. We have here at the school a boy with extreme violence and anger-management issues who has hurt other children and staff.

"He has been on the wait list since June last year [2017]." Potter said the boy was flagged as the highest priority. …

New Zealand Principals' Federation president and spokesman Whetu Cormick said it was widely known "special education is in crisis" which was in particular need of more phycologists and speech therapists.

Feb 7, 2018, Oklahoma City, News OK: Arnall Family Foundation grant expands Oklahoma Autism Center project 

The $220,000 grant covers a 12-month span and will allow the Oklahoma Autism Center to provide more comprehensive support to school districts in Oklahoma creating effective and sustainable solutions to the growing autism challenge. The prevalence of autism continues to rise with current rates at 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys identified. …


Feb 7, 2018, Wicked Local, Milford, MA: Milford schools consider hiring social emotional learning director

As the school district continues to create programs for and shift focus to social and emotional learning, administrators say they plan to create a director position that will supervise that work and ensure schools are on the right track. …

Lucy Jenkins, director of special education, told the School Committee last week the district’s efforts on improving social and emotional education for students will provide them the understanding they need to manage behaviors, feelings and mental health. …


Feb 7, 2018, KVAL, Eugene, OR: Demand for counselors at University of Oregon higher than ever

The University of Oregon says it's experienced the highest volume ever of students asking to meet with counselors.

Maddie Johnston, a full-time student at the university, said she tried to make an appointment with the counseling center, but none were available.


Feb 8, 2018, Bangor (ME)Daily News: 4 lessons from a look at the pressing challenges facing Maine’s schools

Maine’s schools are shrinking, their academic performance hasn’t improved substantially in years even as it has in other states, and an achievement gap persists between low-income students and their higher-income peers. …

In Portland schools, teachers and administrators are finding some success — particularly in addressing student behavior issues —


Feb 8, 2018, Barton (VT) Chronicle: Ver­mont teach­ers say they feel ‘at­tacked’ by pol­i­cy­mak­ers

Ver­mont has seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of stu­dents iden­ti­fied as hav­ing an emo­tional dis­abil­ity — at nearly 18 per­cent, it is the high­est in the coun­try.

Feb 8, 2018, UK HuffPost: Government Announces £5 Million For Mental Health First Aid In Schools—Campaigners say it's nowhere near enough

Jeremy Hunt has announced a new £5 million programme to train primary school staff in mental health first aid.   

It will help teachers spot the early signs of mental illness in young children and follows a similar scheme introduced in high schools last summer. …

Mental ill health can set in from an extremely young age, and how quickly and effectively we respond can often make a huge difference to a child’s life,” he added.

“This training will help put schools on the front foot in identifying and helping children who are struggling.”

But critics say the amount pledged is a drop in the ocean, equating to just £297.87 per primary school and £1.06 per pupil when spread across all schools. …

“Services are at capacity,” she added.

Feb 8, 2018, (UK) Ilford Recorder: ‘Teachers need to be trained in mental health’ after more than 50% of pupils feel sad or anxious

An Ilford Vlogger has spoken out about the need for teachers to be trained in spotting mental health issues after a Barnardo’s commissioned study found that more than 50 per cent of 12-16-year-olds in London feel sad or anxious at least once a week and 77pc cited school was one of their biggest causes of stress.

Feb 8, 2018, (Canada) London (Ontario) Free Press: Western University students put high priority on mental health care

Western University students voted overwhelmingly to urge the school’s top brass to make mental health care a key part of its ­strategic plan.

The results of a two-day referendum are in, and the tally is decisive. Ninety per cent of students want to see Western University focus on mental health supports, even if it takes dollars away from other priorities. …


Feb 8, 2018, La Crosse, WI, WXOW—TV:  Copy-Lanesboro Public Schools receives grant to implement a curriculum for social emotional learning

Lanesboro Public Schools has received a grant of $8,838 dollars to implement a curriculum for social emotional learning for kids in daycare through kindergarten and beyond. …

Social emotional learning focuses on making sure young kids are ready to socialize with the their peers, are ready for team work and are able to control their emotions if they get upset.

Superintendent Matt Schultz said a program like this is important because if children cannot self regulate or control their emotions, it becomes difficult for them to focus on academics and learn.



Feb 8, 2018, Seattle Times: What’s in the well? Pediatrician probes ACEs and the biology of toxic stress in kids

A pediatrician and author makes the link between painful childhood experiences and their physiological effects, which could have important implications for schools. …

In her book, Burke Harris boils down two decades of research showing the ways that early trauma — what she calls toxic stress — can trigger hormonal changes that manifest in serious physical symptoms.

The root need not be anything as severe as sexual abuse. Day after day, she writes, infants with strange rashes, or kindergartners whose hair was falling out, showed up at her clinic — not to mention patients demonstrating epidemic levels of learning and behavioral problems. The phrase statistical significance kept echoing through her mind.

In fact, the linkage between early trauma and later health outcomes had been known since 1998, when two doctors with the federal Centers for Disease Control outlined the profound health effects of adverse childhood experiences — known as ACEs …

“What if the cause of these symptoms — the poor impulse control, inability to focus, difficulty sitting still — was not a mental disorder, exactly, but a biological process that worked on the brain to disrupt normal functioning?” she writes.

While many of her young patients came from homes rife with violence and neglect, experiences as common as divorce or maternal depression can flood a child’s system with so much stress hormone that it affects their blood pressure, blood sugar, and neurology, Burke Harris notes.


Feb 8, 2018, Leesburg, VA, Loudoun Now: Supervisors Get Update on Schools’ Mental Health Teams

Five months ago, Loudoun County first introduced mental health teams to some of its schools with a goal of placing similar teams at every public middle and high school in the county. …

He gave the report to the Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board Committee meeting Wednesday. He told the supervisors and School Board members that one-fifth of Loudoun County students have a mental health condition and more than half of them never receive treatment. “So by de facto, schools often become the support for these students,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for us to be prepared to acknowledge the social and emotional needs of our students.”

One of those is the creation of mental health teams, made up of psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and student assistance specialists.


Feb 8, 2018, 9 Investigates: Oklahoma Children Face More Adverse Experiences Than Most

…In 2014, Murphey and other ChildTrends colleagues published the study, "Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State-Level Prevalence." The research brief was based on data from a 2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and showed children in Oklahoma, on average, are exposed to more ACEs than are kids in most other states. …

Nationally, the survey shows, 46 percent of children (ages 0-17) are exposed to at least one ACE. In Oklahoma, it's 54 percent, and only in Arkansas is the number higher (56%).


Feb 8, 2018, (UK) Portsmouth News: Students encouraged to open up on mental health issues at school

At an event at Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday, students from across the city met with Future In Mind and Portsmouth Education Partnership to discuss how to make mental health less of a taboo subject in schools. The event saw the students speak to other young people about the mental health problems they face at school, as well as how to open up and tackle them….


Feb 8, 2018, (UK) Scotsman: Tom Peterkin: SNP school shake up should be given chance to work

The number of ASN pupils in Scotland now stands at 183,491 – 26.6 per cent of the school population and an increase of more than 55 per cent since 2012. …

Feb 8, 2018, NBC4, Columbus, OH: Therapy dog in-training helps relieve anxiety for Granville middle school students

Student stress levels are on the rise in Granville Schools and the district is trying out a very fluffy solution to help reduce anxiety.

George is a 6-month-old poodle and therapy dog in-training that’s already a hit with the students at Granville Middle School. More than 75% of students at Granville Middle School describe their stress level as “very high”. That’s up 9% from the previous school year….


Feb 8, 2018, WXXI NPR Rochester, NY: Local educators discuss building resiliency for youth success

Local educators packed the Memorial Art Gallery’s ballroom Thursday morning to talk about making youth more resilient to trauma.

It’s the latest conversation in an ongoing community discussion about trauma and how it can negatively influence students' success.

Using the results of the Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Amy Scheel-Jones, Director of the County’s Office Mental Health, spoke to the sold-out session about self-reported levels of trauma among youth. In the survey, students indicate what’s going on at home, discuss interactions at school and overall share how they measure their self worth. …

According to the report, 64 percent of local youth have experienced trauma. That could be poverty, incarceration or abuse, for example. And 40 percent have experienced two or more traumatic experiences. …


Feb 8, 2018, (UK) iNews:  The government must do more to help children who experience trauma

YoungMinds’ new report, Addressing Adversity, shows that children who grow up in difficult and complex circumstances are the most likely to develop mental health problems.


we’re calling on the Government to create a national strategy to ensure that there is far better support for children who have lived through traumatic experiences. The more adverse experiences a child goes through, the higher the likelihood that they have low levels of mental wellbeing and life satisfaction. …

As a society, we need to get much better at identifying when seemingly ‘difficult’ behaviour may actually be a very normal reaction to a traumatic event or a sign of emotional distress when a child is going through a difficult time at home.

For example, if a child becomes aggressive with a school nurse who is trying to give them an injection, that could be a response to violence or drug misuse in their family – but the nurse needs clear guidance on how to identify this. Damaged life satisfaction

The report finds that one in three lifetime mental health problems are directly linked to Adverse Childhood Experiences, which includes abuse, domestic violence, prejudice, bullying and bereavement. …


Feb 8, 2018, WBAL—TV Baltimore: Failure to diagnose dyslexia a problem in Maryland public schools

Some literacy experts believe that more than 60 percent of Maryland public school students are reading below grade level due, in part, to the failure of educators to diagnosis a learning disorder called dyslexia.


Feb 8, 2018, NBC9, Midland, TX: E.C.I.S.D. school students now have access to mental health care through their smartphone

Have you ever thought about using your phone for your next appointment with a therapist? That's what some students in Ector County are doing.  …

There are ways that students can have their session during their lunch break, so it does not take time out of the classroom.  

Jain says that he sees about 4 to 6 students a week in Ector County, but he hopes to bring it to the Midland Independent School District.  …


Feb 8, 2018, NBC6, Corpus Christi, TX: Special Report: More kids diagnosed with mental illness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 20 percent of children ages 13-18 have/will have a serious mental illness. Researchers say that number is eight times greater than it was decades ago. 

"I do think with social media and technology, I think that has definitely increased stress levels among children," said Dr. Jennifer Gerlach, a licensed school counselor and counseling professor at TAMUCC. 


Feb 8, 2018, VT Digger: Lawmakers tackle childhood trauma effects

After hearing sometimes-emotional stories from more than 60 witnesses, a group of state legislators studying the effects of childhood trauma couldn’t come up with just one bill to address the problem.

Instead, they drew up four.

The idea is that the long-lingering impacts of childhood trauma are the “root cause” of social problems including imprisonment, poverty, homelessness, addiction and chronic illness. …

… About 17 to 18 percent of children receiving special education have an emotional disturbance, and “that’s three times the national average,” Webb said.


Feb 8, 2018, After allergic reaction, Carlstadt Public School bans classroom snacks


In response to a medical emergency earlier in the school year, the Carlstadt Public School has banned food from classroom celebrations. …

During that month, a student had an anaphylactic reaction in the classroom…


Feb 9, 2018, (UK) Tes: Four-in-10 heads struggle to know which mental health support to provide pupils

More than a third of counsellors and psychotherapists have also found it difficult to provide their services to schools

More than four-in-10 school leaders struggle to know what type of mental health support is needed for their pupils, a survey has found.

The poll also revealed that more than a third of counsellors and psychotherapists report difficulty in providing their services to schools.

Feb 9, 2018, NBC News: Communities traumatized by gun violence need mental health care, not more cops

But the impact of trauma doesn’t end there. The CDC found that more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) also means a higher the risk to physical health, including asthma, diabetes and heart disease, as well as decreased economic and educational opportunities.


Feb 9, 2018, News5, Bristol, VA:  Kingsport school counselors helping kids prevent long term problems

Browder has a major role in helping identify and support children going through Adverse Childhood Experiences, also called ACEs, which range in severity.

"I have students whose families are going through divorce,” Browder said. “I have students who have family members in jail." …

Next year, Tennessee is mandating that all schools have counseling that includes academic, career, and emotional development help for students.

Feb 9, 2018, Delmarva, DE Public Radio: More Funds Requested for Delaware's Special Needs Students

Delaware education officials are asking lawmakers for more than $52 million in additional spending next year, citing the need for more teachers to address skyrocketing numbers of students identified as having special needs. …


Education officials said that of 1,167 more students noted in enrollment numbers this year, 926 are considered special education students. …


Feb 9, 2018, DelawareOnline: Lawmakers want answers on special education growth

Lawmakers tasked with crafting the state budget are seeking more detail about why the number of Delaware's special education students is growing so quickly.

The state's special education student population has grown by 22 percent over the last five years to about 21,550 students – nearly four times the growth rate of the overall student population.

Meeting the needs of those students is now one of the leading cost drivers for the Delaware Department of Education, an agency whose budget makes up more than a third of the state's total general fund spending.

Yet state education officials on Thursday were unable to provide lawmakers with clear answers about the root causes of that growth or whether it will ever tail off. …


Feb 9, 2018, (UK) BT: Nearly half of school leaders struggle to commission mental health services 

Hundreds of school leaders say they have had difficulties commissioning mental health services for pupils, according to a survey published by children’s charity Place2Be.

The research showed that while 84% of secondary schools and 56% of primary schools offered some form of counselling services for students, almost half said that a lack of local services and knowing what support is appropriate hindered their provision of support.

“Our evidence and experience shows that embedding skilled mental health professionals in schools, as part of a whole school approach, can have an enormously positive impact for pupils, families and staff,” said Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be. …



Feb 9, 2018, New Hope, MN, Sun Post: City hosts ‘Stress of Parenting’ event

The presentation was aimed to begin a dialogue between community members on trauma and toxic stress, two factors that affect teens’ psychological growth.

Jones began the discussion by saying his goal was not to shame parents but to provide context for what attendees’ teenagers may be going through. As part of his introduction, he asked parents in attendance what issues their teens typically face each day. …

At the bottom of this pyramid lies adverse experiences, which include toxic environments in the home. This leads to disrupted neurological development, which then moves into poor social and cognitive development. The next tier is adoption of risky behaviors such as drugs, premature sexual activity and drinking. Teen years are when an individual is likely to pick up on addictive behavior. The end result, at the top of the pyramid, is an increased probability of premature death. …

Feb 9, 2018, ABC5, Cleveland, OH: 22 Akron teachers assaulted by students are upset with how district is handling

Rawling is one of 22 Akron teachers or counselors who has filed grievances this school year over the way the district has handled disciplinary action for students who committed physical or verbal assaults.

Many teachers are planning to voice their concerns over the issue at Monday's school board meeting which starts at 5:30 p.m. A "safe schools rally" is also being organized before the meeting.


Shipe said the physical and verbal assaults are not limited to high schools. Some of the grievances relate to cases in the middle and elementary schools.

James did not recall that specific case, but pointed out that some kids who commit assaults have special needs.

Feb 10, 2018, (UK) London Schools 'struggle to know what type of mental health support is needed for pupils'

Almost half (45 per cent) of school leaders have found it difficult to commission mental health support for their pupils, and over a third (34 per cent) of counsellors and psychotherapists who work with children and young people said it was difficult to provide their services to schools. That is according to new research published by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, in partnership with NAHT, the union for school leaders, as part of Children’s Mental Health Week (5 – 11 February 2018). …

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be said, “School leaders are already under immense pressure to deliver academic progress – and we shouldn’t expect them to become mental health experts as well. Our evidence and experience shows that embedding skilled mental health professionals in schools, as part of a whole school approach, can have an enormously positive impact for pupils, families and staff. …


Feb 10, 2018, Warrenton, VA, Prince William Times:  Walts' budget boosts teacher pay, expands preschool despite 'dead last' per-pupil funding

Walts’ budget adds a few new positions, including a mental health specialist to help connect students across the county with mental-health resources; one additional psychologist, two social workers, an instructional coach and funding that will allow each middle and high school to have an athletic trainer.


Feb 10, 2018, (UK) Redditch Standard: Help available for Worcestershire youngsters during Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 

The Reach4Wellbeing service offers support for people aged five to 19 years old experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, low-mood and self-harm. …

It is estimated one in ten young people is living with a diagnosable mental health issue and since the service began in 2017 the Reach4Wellbeing Team have seen around 300 people in the county.  …

Feb 10, 2018, Wakefield, RI, East Greenwich Pendulum: EG schools take part in violence prevention program

The East Greenwich school district is currently participating in Start With Hello Week, a campaign that seeks to help those dealing with social isolation.  In addition, Start With Hello also aims to benefit teachers, administrators, community-based leaders, and parents.  

According to the School Committee’s resolution, “Start with Hello teaches students, Grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organizations.”  …

“We know that our students, and students across the state and country, are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Feb 10, 2018, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise: Century students learn mindfulness

Using the curriculum, Swenson spends a half-hour each month visiting every classroom at Century Elementary, teaching students to regulate their own emotions.

"I've gone around and taught every kid about the different parts of the brain," she said, "and how sometimes when we're angry or upset, that's where our fight-or-flight response comes in." …

She said this helps reduce behavior problems in the classroom and keeps children more focused on learning.


Feb 10, 2018, Pflugerville, TX, Community Impact Newspaper: LTISD students show high trends in perceived self-harm, stress and thoughts of suicide, survey shows

LAKE TRAVIS ISD Students reported that they were stressed and did not know how to handle stress, leading to a higher amount of suicidal ideation and self-harm coping strategies then average districts in the country, according to results of a survey the district administered last May. …

She said the district is working on educating staff, club sponsors and community members who work with students about mental health and how to identify when a child is showing signs of stress or risky behavior. …

 Hassenfratz said part of the issue is students have not been taught coping strategies consistently enough for them to appropriately deal with stress.


Feb 10, 2018, Tulsa, OK, NewsOn6: Edison Student Fed Up With Classmates’ Behavior

News On 6 has been following several different issues that have surfaced at Edison Preparatory school and now a student is standing up and saying enough is enough.

He said he wants to learn but sometimes it's difficult for the teachers to teach with all of the distractions going on in the classroom. …

And it’s not just happening at Edison. Teachers all across the district have been dealing with many different situations like students talking back, swearing, and even throwing things across the room. …

"It doesn't seem to matter North, South, East or West, socioeconomic, or grade level.” Said TCTA Vice President, Shawna Mott-Right. “We've had a huge surge of issues this year." 




The French do not allow wi-fi in schools with children under age 14. Israel has banned wi-fi in schools altogether. A list of schools that are banning or restricting EMF/wi-fi is here:

Why would they do this? For lots of reasons, not the least of which IT CAN CAUSE AND/OR EXACERBATE AUTISM.

Re all these suicidal and mentally ill children reported above, PLEASE see:

"Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression"
Martin L.Pall


"Excessive VGCC activity has been shown from genetic polymorphism studies to have roles in producing neuropsychiatric changes in humans. Two U.S. government reports from the 1970s to 1980s provide evidence for many neuropsychiatric effects of non-thermal microwave EMFs, based on occupational exposure studies. 18 more recent epidemiological studies, provide substantial evidence that microwave EMFs from cell/mobile phone base stations, excessive cell/mobile phone usage and from wireless smart meters can each produce similar patterns of neuropsychiatric effects, with several of these studies showing clear dose–response relationships. Lesser evidence from 6 additional studies suggests that short wave, radio station, occupational and digital TV antenna exposures may produce similar neuropsychiatric effects. Among the more commonly reported changes are sleep disturbance/insomnia, headache, depression/depressive symptoms, fatigue/tiredness, dysesthesia, concentration/attention dysfunction, memory changes, dizziness, irritability, loss of appetite/body weight, restlessness/anxiety, nausea, skin burning/tingling/dermographism and EEG changes. In summary, then, the mechanism of action of microwave EMFs, the role of the VGCCs in the brain, the impact of non-thermal EMFs on the brain, extensive epidemiological studies performed over the past 50 years, and five criteria testing for causality, all collectively show that various non-thermal microwave EMF exposures produce diverse neuropsychiatric effects."


Wow, wow, and wow. The most stunning lack in adults failing to learn from history leading to the most stunning transfer of wealth the world has ever seen.
Maybe someone can at least spray the fluffy dogs with a probiotic spray.

susan welch

Anne, thank you again for all your hard work producing this report.

At least Delaware are asking 'Why?' and not blaming the huge increase of special education students on family backgrounds.

go Trump

That is quite a list of articles Anne... thank you

The American public thinks the present school system is creating a "new generation of kids for high tech jobs" to lead the world. They have no idea that Special Ed is the only area of growth.

The "vaccine free children" will have to lead the what will be left of America in only a few decades...

Barry Stern

Public schools are doing what they always have done with mis-behaving students:
• Call the (overworked) counselor or send them to the principal
• Blame the kid or the parent
• Isolate the kid
• Call the police

If schools were truly serious about addressing the problem which is becoming a crisis, they would work in some of the following to get at the root causes:

• Encourage parents to limit their children’s intake of
o Sugar and artificial sweeteners
o Processed (boxed and canned) food with preservatives and artificial colorings
o Vaccines (just have their doctors give the important ones)
o Anything with corn syrup
• Encourage students to eat vegetables when hungry, organic when possible; avoid vegetables and fruits (the “dirty dozen”) that typically have lots of residue from pesticides
• Encourage parents to purchase organic meat and dairy products for their children; avoid meat from factory farms (most of what you find in grocery stores) that are laced with hormones, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and preservatives
• Encourage parents to limit kids’ time with social media and to ban smart/cell phones, TVs and computers from bedrooms, especially at night.
• Schools should ban cell towers from school property and do audits to discern “hot spots” in the schools with high levels of electromagnetic radiation. Do not put classrooms near these areas, especially for children with special needs.
• Limit time using bicycle/running trails that governments have foolishly placed under high tension wires
• Elementary schools should ensure kids get enough physical education, music, art and recess, especially those with autism and other neurological disabilities. In fact, PE, music and art should be the major modalities for these children right on through high school, and staff must learn how to blend these physical and expressive arts with their teaching of reading, math and other academics.
• If elementary schools are to succeed with hyperactive children, elementary school teachers should be able to pass a physical fitness test to obtain employment, and they should be screened to assess their ability to relate to all kinds of parents and children and to problem solve and persevere through tough times.

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