Mrs. Kozlowski, M.S. CCC-SLP
Childhood Disability Prevalence Exceeds 1 in 7
More than one in seven American children have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, with prevalence varying widely across the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 21 percent of children in Arkansas and Kentucky have one of the three conditions-compared with the 15.4 percent national figure. California reports the lowest rate in the nation-10.6 percent.
The findings (bit.ly/cdc-disab-prev) are based on information collected on more than 35,000 children, ages 2 to 8, in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health. The report documents significant associations of early childhood mental, behavior and development disorders with sociodemographic, health care, family and community factors.
Factors strongly associated with a higher risk for difficulties include the parents' mental health, ability to live on the family income, child care, and access to a medical facility, according to the report.*
*Taken from The ASHA Leader: Vol. 21, No. 6- June, 2016