GATINEAU, Qc — The government Legault will invest 70 to $ 90 million over the next two years for the detection of developmental delay in children prior to their arrival in kindergarten.
The announcement was made on Thursday, the same day that a group of pediatricians and researchers denounced the strong growth in diagnoses of attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the consumption of medications to treat in children in quebec.
The funds will be used in particular to hire 800 professionals and members of the administrative staff located in 31 institutions.
Currently, it is difficult to get appointments with specialists to get a diagnosis and take action early.
During a press conference in Gatineau at the end of a caucus of two days for the Coalition avenir Québec, the prime minister François Legault and his deputy Health minister, Lionel Carmant, responsible for this file, both stressed the importance of early detection to address the problems and solve in time.
Currently, parents must pay “are phenomenal” to evaluate their child, ” said the minister Carmant.
“This is the greatest injustice of our health system, where those who have the means can do to assess their children early and allow them to go to regular school, and those who have less means must wait until the arrival at the school, and the special class.”
The child may then be led in a spiral that can be difficult to rein in: academic delay, loss of self-esteem, psychosocial disorders, psychological difficulties, which can lead ultimately to dropping out, said Mr Carmant.
The project is based in particular on the deployment of a computing platform that parents can use to fill in questionnaires in order to assess the developmental profile of their child.
Thanks to the responses obtained, the child may be directed more quickly to the appropriate services and be supported by a multidisciplinary team, argues the government.
“I am convinced that it will help to increase the graduation rate,” said Mr. Legault.
ADHD: pediatricians decry the over-treatment of children in Quebec
MONTREAL — A group of 48 pediatricians and researchers is launching a serious warning against the strong growth in diagnoses of attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the consumption of medications to treat in children in quebec.
They call to question collective of parents, teachers, psychologists and physicians who are all involved in the decision-making process to give medications or not a child has behavior problems.
In their open letter, the health experts deplore the fact that the whole of society “turns too easily into a pill to treat all the ailments”.
To support their cry of alarm, health experts rely in particular on data from the national Institute for excellence in health and social services (INESSS), which demonstrate that the rate of prevalence of consumption of medications to treat ADHD are much higher in Quebec than in the rest of Canada.
In 10-12 years, 13,97 percent of young people who use of psychostimulant drugs in Quebec. A rate that rises to 14.5 percent for the 13-17 years old. In the rest of the country, the rates for these same age groups are just 5.08 per cent and 4.3 per cent respectively.
For the pediatrician Dr. Guy Falardeau, the danger of prescribing any wind is to correct a child’s behaviour through medication rather than take the time to look for other causes related to mental health, of the emotions of the child or his or her social environment.
“The child has a behavior problem, we like best to call it ADHD and give him drugs to ask why it is like this,” he laments, stressing that the anxiety is gaining a lot of ground in our society, as much among adults as among children.
“The danger is that in some cases one treats a ADHD real, but in other cases it mask a mental health problem, insists the one which deals with many teens struggling with these problems.
Dr. Falardeau warns that hiding the anxiety disorder or the other by a psychostimulant, is done only to postpone the moment of the explosion of the problem. And often, it becomes much more difficult to act when the mental illness has had time to progress.
“What we want is that the children are to be valued as it should be. Those who have emotional problems, emotional, social, it is necessary to solve these problems and not change the behavior of the child with drugs”, claims the pediatrician established in Québec city.
“A business school”
Of the parents consulted by The canadian Press have all argued that the medication of children is first of all “a matter for the school”.
Upon entry to the school, the son of Eric was not in place. Quickly, the parents have been made aware of the problem and they suggested to think to the medication.
“We do not put pressure, but we felt that it was necessary to do something”, he remembers.
After a few consultations, the diagnosis of ADHD is dropped and the medication has followed. However, the pill does not effect only for the duration of a school day. In the evenings and weekends, the child is not taking medication and works quite well.
“It is certain that he must adjust, but it moves, it makes the sport”, explains the father, who rather questions the fact that children do not spend enough energy to the school.
Same sound of bell on the side of Claudia, whose daughter was diagnosed with a disorder of attention without hyperactivity. In the case of his daughter, a slight medication under the minimum dose was enough to improve his concentration in class and his grades have soared.
The young mother was surprised, however, to the ease at which one can have access to the medication. She grieves also see the school system to violate the children who need to move.
“They are 27 in the fifth-grade class of my daughter, including a child who is isolated, facing the wall”, sharing it, adding that she does not understand how we can expect kids to learn in these conditions. Ugo Giguère, The canadian Press