The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health recently surveyed 1,100 parents across the nation, asking them to grade their children’s public schools on how well they support children with behavioral, emotional or family problems. Thirty seven percent of parents gave primary schools an A for support
with ADHD and other behavioral problems, while 34 percent gave an A for support for children with emotional or family problems.
Twenty-two percent gave secondary schools an A for support for children with behavioral, emotional or family problems. “According to national estimates, about 20 percent of school-age children need formal mental health services related to conditions like autism, attention- deficit disorder, depression and eating disorders,” says Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP, director of the poll. “As many of 50 percent of children need emotional support to deal with difficulties in family, peer, or other relationships.”
Davis stresses the importance of communication between parents and their teachers about emotional, behavioral, and family concerns that may affect children’s school performance, helping to close the gap between the need and public school services.