Negotiating for a child’s needs with teachers and school administrators can be the Wild West. And the context surrounding those tug-of-wars appears to be increasingly common, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In an 18-month period in 2003 and 2004, 7.8 percent of U.S. children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to CDC data. In that same span in 2007-08, that percentage had climbed to 9.5, and it increased even more to 11 percent in 2011-12, the most recent span the CDC has studied.
My full article, “Special-needs policies can be a tug-of-war for parents, teachers and administrators,” appears in Deseret News.