Special-needs policies can be a tug-of-war for parents, teachers and administrators (Deseret News)

Special needs education

ADHD is on the rise, and schools are aware, but it remains a bit of a Wild West what gives when there are tug-of-wars between teachers, parents,and devoted special-needs coordinators/Shutterstock

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.


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