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Disabilities, and Behavior Disorders

Updated on April 19, 2019
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Overcoming Differences

My journey working with peoples with disabilities, behavior issues, and autism. Over the course of 20 years. I have worked with many different people and personalities. There is no particular face to autism or people with behavior disorders. From working with this population, I have learned that you should always start with a loving heart and lots of understanding. Knowing if you can take on a task is also important. I have worked with moderate to severe behaviors, from children to adults.

This field could be very challenging, but what I have learned is that it brings out the best you a better representation of yourself. The population that I serve are young children to young adults ages 7 to 19 years of age, and most of them suffer from a form of mental illness and autism. I have worked with older adults in the past from age 20 to 65 years of age in home care as well as program settings. Mental health affects us all in some form or fashion.

We are all unique human beings with many challenges in life that we have somehow overcome. We have been judged and ridiculed for our differences and hurt not understanding why in the process. Many people are unable to accept differences. From working in the school system some children can be very cruel to others that are different from them.

Many of the peoples with disabilities have been the subject of bullying and that is a problem in itself with all the other things that they have to endure in life. And when one child begins to bully others fall in line it's like a chain reaction and they feel as though it's okay. The change starts with educating others on how to treat people that appear to be different from you.

And how it is okay to be different. We all could learn new things from different people that cross our paths. Life is about evolving and acceptance. Let's all try to start with love, peace, and understanding and teach our children to do the same. Change starts with you let's all be the positive change that this world needs for the betterment of our future generations.


There are many different types of disabilities and disorders many times you cannot detect if an individual has a disability or disorder. We can assume that a child that acts out has a behavior but most times this isn't true this is part of that particular child developing into who they are and as a parent or a caretaker we need to know how to assist them with controlling their behaviors in a positive way. We all have coping skills something that helps us to deal with our everyday life circumstances it's a positive outlet for many.

Some people choose music, reading, playing a sport, any type of hobby to cop. We must be Intune with our needs and the needs of the people that are close to us our mental health is important.
Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder
About 1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring. ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls.

Data & Statistics on Mental Health Disorders
Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.1Among the more common mental disorders that can be diagnosed in childhood are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and behavior disorders.

It is reported that behavior problems, ADHD, depression, and anxiety are some of the most mental health disorders diagnosed in children today. Statistics show that 6.1 million children ranging from age 2 to 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, and 4.5 million are diagnosed with behavior issues another 4.4 million have anxiety, and 1.9 are likely to be diagnosed with depression. Some children have dual diagnoses, and this could be challenging for anyone.

An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have "a recent history" of a mental health condition. 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.

Just over half (50.6%) of children with a mental health condition aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.
African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.

Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.
We all have come in contact with people that we perceive as different. People come from many different diverse backgrounds and have different cultures, so many things that we may encounter may be a culture shock. It is normal to be inquisitive about something or someone that is different from what you are used to.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Andrea Lee


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