In the same sense, special ed should actually be called behavioral ed because of what things are like in the modern school setting.
From therapy dogs, to the use of restraint/seclusion and increased mental health services, academics is no longer the sole focus of schools. Education has to change because kids today cannot function normally. It's that simple.
Here are some examples from recent news reports. Taken as a whole they should be scaring everyone. How much time do we have left to fix things?
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Delaware, OH: Two full-time and two part-time therapists are assigned to Delaware City Schools, she said….
The district also partners with other [mental health] agencies as part of its overall effort to maintain student wellness, she said.
Florida: Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral-health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday.
That translates to 220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom…
Lawmakers this month approved a 2019-2020 state budget that includes $75 million for mental-health services at schools, a boost from the $64 million given to school districts for the current year.
Dublin, Ireland: She is one of a number of Dublin parents who will take part in a protest on Saturday in the city centre, about the lack of school places for their autistic children.
Fairfax County, VA: But last March, a WAMU investigation revealed hundreds of cases in which elementary students in schools designed to serve students with special needs were secluded and restrained. In some cases, children were as young as six. One child was isolated more than 100 times in a school year. …
…Professional development funding of $300,000 will now go towards training teachers who may need to seclude or restrain students….
Sanders says this funding is in addition to the $550 million yearly expenditure the district already makes for students with special needs. There are also planning to hire a new special education ombudsman.
Maine: The report found that use of physical restraints and seclusion jumped 60 percent – from 12,000 to 20,000 instances – in four years in Maine schools.
Roughly 77 to 79 percent of those incidences involved students with disabilities or who were in special education programs.
Yorkshire, England: Earlier this year the Bradford Schools Forum decided that 354 extra special educational needs places were urgently required to meet rising demands in the district.…
She said more places would be needed in the coming years, adding: "354 places is not the endgame - there is an increasing need in the district. These extra places basically bring us to the place we needed to be at last year. There is a lot of work to do."…
Pittsfield, MA: "Data indicates that the increase in the number of special education students has put pressure on existing systems that are in place to help our special education students achieve their greatest potential. While student enrollment in 2014 to 2018 has declined by 7 percent, the percentage of special education students climbed by 16 percent." …
Indiana: “There is no greater need in schools today than someone to help teachers, help our kids with mental health issues and social-emotional issues,” said Rep. Wendy McNamara, the author of the bill and a high school principal.
Connecticut: An analysis of state data by Connecticut Public Radio shows that students with emotional disturbances are four times more likely to be thrown out of class than the average student. During the 2017-18 school year, roughly one-third of these students were suspended or expelled -- more than any other disability by a wide margin….
Emotionally disturbed students reflect a wide range of mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, anxiety disorders, and depression.
The number of children exhibiting significant behavior problems in class has ballooned across the state, representatives of a teachers union have said. However, it's hard to pin an exact number on that, because districts don't track classroom removals. Only suspensions and expulsions are tracked. …
"We have a serious crisis happening in many elementary schools across the state of Connecticut," said Robyn Kaplan-Cho with the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, during a recent legislative testimony...
Knoxville, TN: A sensory courtyard was unveiled Wednesday at Dogwood Elementary as a place for children to play, explore and re-set.
The new area features what's called a tinkering wall set with wheels, gardens with edible plants and a hot-stone zone. Teachers at the school said it's a great retreat if students have had a bad day,
"We wanted to reduce behaviors we were seeing in the classroom, give children a place to explore, calm down when or if they needed to and a place to learn because we are after all, a school," said Dogwood Elementary special education Teacher Ashley Brooks. …
Sheffield, England: Parents told us that the biggest barriers to accessing health services for their child with SEND were long waiting lists (75 per cent), unclear referral routes (49 per cent) and a lack of information about health services (46 per cent). …
Laconia, NH: Simultaneously, the number of children with sensory and motor deficits is on the rise. School teachers report classroom observations of these deficits, including challenges in the areas of attention, balance, coordination, motor control and aggressive behavior.
Ottawa, Canada: The number of times elementary students at Ottawa’s largest school board are suspended for bad behaviour is on the rise.
In other words, the board’s youngest students are increasingly acting out in ways serious enough to cause them to be temporarily banned from school.
Northumberland, England: Northumberland has seen a 50% increase in the number of children with complex needs since 2013 and the number of children and young people in maintained special schools has also increased by 32% in this period.
This has resulted in demand for specialist educational places outstripping existing capacity. To meet this demand, Northumberland County Council has already created additional school places at Hexham Priory and Ashdale special schools. …
Rotherham, England: Rotherham is expected to need an extra 125 school places in future to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, with the council aiming to keep as many affected children as possible in mainstream education.
Highlands, NJ: A new sensory room is now available to the students at Highlands Elementary School. …
Their purpose is to help these individuals including those who have learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and ability.
…“By providing a therapeutic space for students to regulate a wide range of sensory needs through thoughtful activities that calm and focus, students benefit academically as well.
Robstown, TX: A Robstown Elementary School just finished designing a new sensory room. This room is going to help students across the Coastal Bend who have autism.
The new room at Robert Driscoll Elementary has bubble columns and even a sensory wall. It’s what dreams are made of for autistic students and their parents….
There’s a need for a room like this because Robstown ISD says there are 25 children with autism in the district’s pre-K through third grade classes. …
Britain: Permanent exclusions in Britain have also soared, rising by an incredible 56 per cent in just three years - from 4,950 in 2013/14 to 7,720 in 2016/17.
In a new series, The Sun lifts the lid on the scandal of ‘Unteachable’ kids like Tori, who have been off-rolled or excluded, and looks at the reasons behind the rise - from pupils so badly behaved that teachers have no choice but to exclude them, …
78% of permanent exclusions are issued to children with special education needs (SEN)….
Three teachers have spoken exclusively to us about the escalating problem of an astonishing 19,000 kids removed from the system each year….
Andrea Chatten believes schools and teachers are just not qualified to deal with students' behavioural and mental health issues
“Schools were never meant to be mental health specialists. They are educationalists. It’s not like schools don’t care. It’s just that they’re at capacity at what they’re able to do and they’re exhausted,” says Andrea, who worked as a teacher in Sheffield for 25 years. …
Behaviour in British schools is so bad that last month, the government announced the launch of a £10million crackdown on bad conduct, in part funding a team of ‘behaviour experts’ to go into schools….
Britain: Depression and anxiety among children are on the rise and the pressure created by social media is growing. Children and teens today are more exposed to different kinds of negativity. …
One in five young people lives with mental health conditions where less than half receive the needed support. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health condition can affect a child’s ability to grow and develop….
Mental illness such as depression will be one of the major health issues for the decades to come. Depression is one of the main causes of chronic illness in the developed world.
Britain: Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report.
Research for the Children's Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community.
This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months or years, the report found.
Children with learning disabilities or autism were being particularly let down by the system, it added.
Montgomery County, MD: Nearly half of the students in Montgomery County [Maryland] Public Schools underperformed on reading exams last year.…
Researchers estimate as many as one in five children have dyslexia. But many school districts identify less than 5% of their students as having it. They also don’t test all students for potential reading disorders. And many have avoided the word “dyslexia” altogether.
…And they’ve see
n steep declines in reading achievement from kindergarten to second grade. In Winter 2018, the number of students meeting reading benchmarks in kindergarten was 85%. In second grade, it was 35%....
Arkansas: The Schmieding Center is expecting about 2,000 referrals for autism evaluations this year, but it will be able to conduct only about 300, said Dr. Mary Ann Scott, the center's section chief. The center has a limited number of providers who diagnose autism, and an evaluation generally takes a provider's entire workday, Scott said….
Northern Ireland, UK: He said that schools were facing a number of serious problems including more children with mental health issues and an increasing number of pupils who needed support for special educational needs. …
Denver, CO: Earlier this month, the district reported that school safety officers had handcuffed students 27 times so far this school year. Last school year, handcuffs were used 31 times, the district said….
Concord, CA: A special ed school in the East Bay is being sued by families who say their children were put into frightening and traumatic restraint holds by staff members. The plaintiffs say these restraints are not allowed under California law.
Burlington, IA: Superintendent Pat Coen is considering expanding an existing program for students who require additional behavioral attention.
Ongoing student behavioral problems in Burlington schools have the school board, district officials and teachers considering a new approach to discipline….
“I had been warned the sixth grade group of students were difficult to teach,” Trine said. “Difficult was a term too mild to describe this group ... I am saddened by what has been allowed to take place on a daily basis.” …
Norwich, England: Parents fighting a daily battle to ensure their children with special needs get a proper education are taking to the streets to call on the government for extra funding.
A special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) march will be taking place in Norwich on May 30, one of many happening around the country, including in London.
"It is an absolute crisis because there are so many children in need….”
Crystal River, FL: Four years ago, Renfroe created a sensory room at LPS, giving kids a chance before and during school to rid themselves of stress with breathing and relaxation exercises led by Renfroe.
“It’s a place for them to calm down and self-regulate, keeping themselves calm so they can learn,” she said. “We found a lot of kids come and their brains aren’t ready to learn yet.”
De Pere, WI: Fenton isn't your average dog, from a puppy, he's been carefully trained to use his senses to serve students, from de-escalating anxiety, fears, to even knowing when someone is going to have a panic attack.
"He can provide sensory feedback, for our students with autism with sensory issues, and even provide mobility support," said Lenss. …
Bartow, FL: The plan includes goals for improving the district’s response to issues like bullying and says while the overall number of student discipline behaviors is down, the district has seen an increase in highly disruptive and intense student behaviors.
Yorkshire, England: The numbers of pupils with mental health disorders is on the rise at primary schools across the country, according to new research.
According to new mental health data collected by the NHS in 1999, 2004 and 2017, the number of children suffering from a mental health disorders continues has increased in the Yorkshire and Humber.
In a typical primary school classroom setting, 6.6 per cent of girls and 12.2 per cent of boys will have at least one diagnosable mental health disorder. In a class of 30 primary school children just under three children will be suffering from a mental health disorder. …
Nebraska: One in five students ages 14 to 19 will experience a serious mental health issue. The problem is they usually wait at least 10 years to even address the issue according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Kentucky: The Warren County Public School district is one of the districts to receive this grant which will be shared with Bullitt County and Henderson County. …
“We know how great the need is. Our mental health needs have grown significantly over the last few years here in Warren County and actually across the state and the nation,” Bryce said. …
AND this is but a sample of stories published over the last two weeks. No one can say we’re not being told what’s going on, it’s just that no one seems to care.