Study Reveals that Latino Kids are less Likely to get Early Help for Developmental Delays
According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, black and Latino children with developmental delays are less likely (78 percent less) than white children to receive the early intervention services they need. According the study, a developmental delay is defined as a condition in which children do not reach their milestones for motor, language, cognitive, social, behavioral, or adaptive skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children has a developmental disability. These conditions can impact day-to-day functioning, starting during the developmental period, and sometimes lasting throughout the person’s lifetime. Dr. Lorraine Beraho, a pediatrician with Unity Healthcare in Washington, D.C., states:
Describing the big picture often strikes a chord with some of my mothers. I must take the time to explain the implications of such delays to the patient’s learning and future success.
A study published last month attempted to figure out the possible reasons why black and Latino children are 78 percent less likely than white children to receive the early intervention services they need. Early intervention services are important because they are customized services that help the child catch up and increase his or her chances to succeed in life and school. The researchers in the study released last month interviewed low-income African-American and Hispanic moms to understand the role their personal beliefs play on why services aren’t being utilized. Some of the reasons included feeling that their children weren’t much different from other children they observed, the belief that children develop in their own time, and feeling overwhelmed with other social and financial stressors. Hopefully this issue can be addressed so that every child has a chance to get the help that they need to succeed in life and school.