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Understanding the Problem
A significant number of
American children are struggling with emotional disturbances and the myriad
issues it creates in their lives. These illnesses create problems with sleep,
attention, concentration, motivation, self-control, peer relationships, and many
other areas that directly affect their ability to function in an academic
setting. Because these symptoms and issues are transparent, meaning the child
doesn’t show external physical deformities, broken limbs, lab test
abnormalities, these children “look” like “typical” children. The problems they
experience are often then deemed to be a function of poor parenting, lack of
discipline, or just inherently “bad” kids. Societal stigma plays a large part
in the general lack of accurate public knowledge about mental illness.
The lack of accurate
knowledge about childhood emotional disturbances and mental illnesses, their
symptoms, treatments, and effects on one’s functioning create barriers for
children with these illnesses as they typically need specialized services and
plans to allow them to function successfully in an academic setting.