Are minority children afforded the same resource that caucasians children receive? The purpose of this assignment I'm doing is to understand the disabilities that may impact young children and...

Are minority children afforded the same resource that caucasians children receive?

The purpose of this assignment I'm doing is to understand the disabilities that may impact young children and cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges throughout their lifetime.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The discrepancy in treatment between minorities and Caucasians comes from a combination of social class and culture. 

Some cultures do not consider ADHD a real condition, and therefore do not seek treatment for their children.  Most Caucasians usually see ADHD as a legitimate condition, but not all do.  Some people believe that teachers and parents are just medicating kids to keep them sitting still during the long, boring school day.

Minority children who are also in poverty do not have access to any kind of health care on a regular basis.  These kids are more likely to require dental treatment, eye care, and basic health check-ups first.  Therefore, they are extremely less likely to be medicated for something behavioral like ADHD.  Also, children in poverty often suffer from deficiencies in their diet that can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, such as an over-reliance on processed foods, sugar, salt, and junk food.

 

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