Babies Born in Withdrawal

Across the US, the number of babies born in drug withdrawal has spiraled. As they become school age, teachers are facing challenges for which there is no steadfast protocol.

“They’re just these damaged little brains that are not psychologically ready to learn,” says Christina Flanders of Woodland Heights School in New Hampshire, attended by scores of children born in withdrawal from opioids and other drugs.

But Woodland Heights has deployed behavioral health teams who deliver services like daily check-ins, social work services and mindfulness training. And grades are up. Test scores climbed significantly in 2018—and disciplinary problems dropped 79% since 2013.

The Seattle Times


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