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Why receiving the proper diagnosis is so important.

When a child has issues in school, there can be a number or reasons. If these issues are actually caused by a disorder, all the assistance in the world in a normal environment may not help. If a child can learn in a different manner outside of the average tactics, behavior problems may develop. If a child is frustrated in school, he may lash out at the people and things around him. Often times in minority communities, we do not take the time out to see why our child is not speaking when they should, cannot read, or is often the outcast during social activities. Sometimes, when parents actually take the time out to attempt to find out why their child is “different”, school districts will not take the proper recommended actions from professionals on how a child with a disorder should receive help. Often times school districts will refuse to send a child with a communication issue to a school that specializes in dealing with children like that child. I am currently dealing with this issue.

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Right now our current school district is stating that they do not have to follow the recommendations from the numerous doctors that have seen and tested my son. The current school district has not taken the time or energy to take my son themselves. During one of our IEP meetings (which the supervisor of special education decided not to attend) I was old that my son will probably grow out of his problem. If the state thought that his disability was actually temporary, they would not have deemed him permanently disabled. Only 3-5 percent of the entire population has had this disorder. The majority of the children diagnosed with this have had English as a second language.

The school district saves money by doing the bear minimum for these children. Sadly, their goal to save money actually leads to the potential of that child becoming a violent offender.

According to a study done at University of Surrey

According to their study, a large percentage of the inmates were

  1. poor or very poor
  2. speech and language deficient
  3. less than level 1 literacy

Knowing how important it is to not only be able to read, but to understand what you read, why would any school not want to make sure that a child receives a suitable education for his needs? Simple, money is more important than the education of the child.

Now, going back and dissecting the information provided in the study, and placing it in true life situations this is what you come up with.

A family sends their child to a public school because they cannot afford a private school. During the child’s time at that public school and disability comes up that is not typical or often not caught early on.  The parents protest that the school is not providing a suitable education for the child with special needs. The school claims they are and discards all information the parent provides assisting the school on how to teach her child. The parent fights the school’s IEP. The school can afford lawyers, the parents can not. The child is stuck in a school where he is getting nothing out of his time there. When the child gets in the 16-18 age group, he becomes frustrated and dropos out. Without a high school diploma all that child can do is physical tasks, which often involves very detailed instructions that the child may not be able to follow (depends on the disability).

The child then feels that his only option is to resort to physical retaliation to get their point across in some situations, or to steal since they cannot obtain a job that can financially support them.

Where race comes in..according to this report done by Stephanie Hartwell PHD

Data from 169 mentally ill prison inmates who completed a three-month program to help them reenter the community were analyzed to compare the demographic and clinical characteristics of white, black, and Hispanic participants. A total of 107 were Caucasian, 35 were black, and 27 were Hispanic. Caucasian participants were more likely to have affective disorders and to report a history of substance use problems. Black and Hispanic participants were more likely to have thought disorders. Black participants released from prison tended to migrate to more urban areas than Caucasians. Of those engaged in the community at program completion, 60 percent were Caucasian, 22 percent were black, and 18 percent were Hispanic.

Since thought disprders are harder to detect let alone diagnose, this could point out a few reasons why so many of the men in minority groups are in prison or have died violent deaths.

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Stats from Bureau of Justice

When you break down the prison population by race you get this..

raceincI am not saying that every one of the incarcerated individuals have disorders, I am saying that if we do not find out where these disorders are coming from and properly treating them, we can expect these numbers to continue to rise.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you should get every recommended test you can in order to properly diagnise what your child has. It is a long and complicated process…but the alternative is not acceptable.

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