Note: As summer draws to a close next month, Anne is focusing on Special Education and the toll it's taking on districts.
By Anne Dachel
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been researching the explosion in special education needs EVERYWHERE.
The percentage of kids receiving services for learning disorders is staggering. I can’t figure out why there is no alarm or even questions being asked.
Sioux Falls, SD: 15 percent of children are sped.
Baltimore, MD: 15 percent of children are sped.
Spokane, WA: 15 percent of children are sped.
Oakland, ME: 16.6 percent of children are sped.
Brooklyn, NY: 19 percent of children are sped.
Reading, PA: 19 percent of children are sped.
New Haven, CT: 20 percent of children are sped.
Rochester, NY: 20 percent of children are sped.
Glen Falls, NY: 21 percent of children are sped.
Ellsworth, ME: 22 percent of children are sped.
Labrador/Newfoundland: 22 percent of children are sped.
Waterville, ME: 23 percent of children are sped.
Fitchburg, MA: 23.5 percent of children are sped.
Staten Island, NY: 24 percent of children are sped.
Vancouver, BC: 25 percent of children are sped.
Woodland Hills, PA: 25 percent of children are sped.
On July 22, The Irish Times in Dublin: 25 percent of Irish schoolchildren are sped.
The Times also said that 26 percent of children in Holland and Britain are sped.
So many of the articles I’m finding announce that the numbers have exploded from recent years, AND they expect things will get worse.
Just how bad will things get? What will these percentages be in like in five or ten years?
Well, if this sorry from Taiwan is any indication, there’s no end in sight.
A national study on child and adolescent mental disorders has found that early 30 percent of children in Taiwan suffer from mental disorders and need professional consultation and assistance.
It is the first national epidemiological study on child and adolescent mental disorders of its kind in Taiwan, and is aimed at obtaining prevalence rates (in the periods of lifetime and within the recent six months) and identifying the psychosocial, individual, environmental, and familial risk factors for mental disorders in the youth group.
The mental disorders referred to in the research include learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder.
They also include mood disorders (major depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
The school-based survey was conducted among students in the third, fifth and seventh grades, who were selected from 69 schools in 19 counties and cities around Taiwan.
A total of the selected 10,122 students received clinical interviews by Gau's research team with their own and their parents' consent. …
The mental disorder with the highest prevalence was ADHD (11.1 percent), followed by nightmare disorder (8.8 percent), phobia (6.4 percent), conduct disorder (4.4 percent), separation anxiety disorder (3.3 percent), oppositional defiant disorder (1.9 percent), social phobia (1.8 percent), and autism (1.0 percent). …
Gau concluded that the preliminary results are similar to Western studies, which show that around 25 percent of children and adolescents suffer from at least one kind of psychiatric disorder.
The results indicate that "mental disorders are common in Taiwanese children and adolescents," she wrote in the study report.
Resources should be allocated to the prevention and intervention of child and adolescent mental disorders, Gau said.
*Note that there is a call for “prevention” of “mental disorders” in Taiwan. I can’t imagine anyone seriously doing that. No official is interested in studying what’s happening to our children. Most likely, it’s because they already know that our out-of-control vaccine schedule is the cause, and the only way to prevent these disorders is to STOP THE MADNESS.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.