Jenee Desmond- Harris posted a very short article in the online paper, ‘The Root’ relating to Dealing with Children and Medical Care. This piece is specifically on Autism and late diagnosis for minority children. She comments that ‘closing the gap’ would result in the increased and improved treatment for ‘children of color’ in the world of Autism diagnosis.
‘The Root’ is published by The Slate Group, which is a Division of the ‘Washington Post Company.’
‘The Root’ by its own definition “is the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective.” This is great news.
This piece by Jenee Desmond-Harris features an extensive quote from another source.
Read the excerpt below and click through to the original source of the material.
Dealing with Children and Medical Care
“Autism Diagnosed Late in Minority Children”
“When it comes to kids with autism, early diagnosis is a big deal — so experts are making it a priority to determine why minority children with the condition tend to be diagnosed as much as a year and a half later than white children. Closing the gap would mean getting more successful treatment for children of color.”
“Issues at play seem to include cultural differences in the ways parents view their children’s developmental milestones and the ways in which they interact with the medical community. But there is also a troubling study showing that even when they did see specialists, black children with autism were more likely than whites to get the wrong diagnosis during their first visit.”
UPDATED: May 15, 2012 (Corrected Links) This is wholly outrageous and unacceptable! Children, all children (each and every child) need, and deserve to get the same high quality treatment and diagnosis. I can close my eyes and feel the frustration and the fury of those parents and families that have had this happen to them. I have experienced discrimination in my own medical care. It is no picnic. It becomes frustrating, and confusing. Resources can be limited.
I hope that with this article, some pressure will be brought to bear, so that the medical diagnosis of Autism will be expanded and improved for all children, regardless of cultural background or the type of medical coverage they have available.
Good luck to everyone, with the economy’s drastic affect on American medical care, we will need it.
What can we do to effect better diagnosis of disease in children?
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