Preschool to Prison Pipeline – Breaking the Cycle
What behaviors meet the criteria for extremely challenging as exhibited by a preschool aged child? What do these behaviors mean? Can there be any lasting consequences or predictive factors to behaviors that may persist into puberty or beyond? When is it okay to dismiss these behaviors as being typical for a particular age, gender or ethnic group? Believe it or not, a preschooler who is exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors may in fact be crying for help, we can’t let the cry go unanswered. We can break a cycle of defiance, aggression, anger, truancy, abuse, assault, etc. that begins with troubling signs as early as preschool. Suspension and expulsion is not the answer. Let’s begin the conversation that can prevent our troubled youth from entering the pipeline to prison.
It Takes a Village – A Call to Action to Assist our Special Needs Community
Whose responsibility is it to provide the necessary support and intervention for individuals with special needs? Parents will often look to their child’s school to take the lead on anything that adversely impacts learning and the school will frequently refer the child to their medical doctor. Parents are ultimately expected to advocate for their children in all situations but what happens when they don’t acknowledge that there is a problem. Let’s begin this conversation at the grass roots level by addressing how multiple agencies within a community can work together to address student support for our most vulnerable populations.