Theresa - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )
An interesting conversation took place at the bus stop this morning! Out of the 8 parents in the group, 6 of them had children that were either diagnosed with a condition (ADD, ADHD, ODD, Autism) or were being referred for an evaluation. Two of the parents accepted the diagnosis/referral and admitted to noticing that something "just wasn't right" with their kids from an early age (one of them even admitted to having complaints about her son in day care last year). Four of the other parents however, were adamant that their kids are fine and that it's a "money hungry' school system that is referring children unfairly in order to receive state and federal money for their schools.
With a background in Psychology and Early Childhood Education I am a little biased! I do notice however, that more children are being diagnosed now, than ever before. Are schools more aware at recognizing the struggles that children are dealing with and helping them sooner or are schools are taking advantage of the fact that they can receive specialized funding if they have a certain percentage of children that have "special needs"? Your thoughts?