News

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

DISABILITIES: Overall, disabilities of any kind affected 8 percent of children by 2010-2011, compared to close to 7 percent a decade earlier. Photo: clipart.com

CHICAGO (AP) — A 10-year analysis finds U.S. children’s mental and developmental problems on the rise, more so in those from wealthier families.

Researchers say disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden and that the increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition that conditions, including autism, require a specific diagnosis to receive special services.

Overall, disabilities of any kind affected 8 percent of children by 2010-2011, compared to close to 7 percent a decade earlier. For children living in poverty, the rate was 10 percent, versus about 6 percent of kids from wealthy families.

The overall trend reflects a 16 percent increase, while disabilities in kids from wealthy families climbed more than 28 percent.

The study finds physical disabilities declined. Declines in asthma-related problems and kids’ injuries accounted for much of the overall 12 percent drop in physical disabilities.

Results were published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Local Headlines

in Local

Estherville Woman Killed In Friday Rollover

fatalaccident1240

31-year-old Allisha Davis was pronounced dead on scene...

in Local

Explosives Charges Filed Against Mother and Son

handcuffs

Authorities found enough explosive materials to level a two-story building...

in Local

SCT: Our Town Auditions This Monday and Tuesday

sct1240

They are looking for a cast of 30-40 with roles for both kids and adults...

in Local

Ernst In Listening Area On Monday

ernst

Ernst will be in Spencer, Okoboji and Pocahontas...

in Local

Gunshots Fired At Storm Lake Motel

lawenforcement1240

During an altercation a man fired two shots...