Some people feel that only reason the statistics for Learning Disabilities are rising is for the money.
Here's a brief history of Learning Disabilities; basically once it was discovered that some children had struggles in certain areas, some scientists had a field day. Federal funds were approproved for research and curricula, graduate programs were started, scholarly articles and books began appearing, tests were devised, parents’ groups formed, children were classified and labeled, and prescription drugs were developed. Learning disabilities became an industry. This industry leads some people to believe labels are merely slapped on children so that psychologists and pharmecutical companies can make money.
In all honesty they do have a valid point; for every child that receives a diagnosis, chances are the same child will also recieve costly therapy and medications. But money is not the only reason that more children are being diagnosed. The desire for money alone would not merit the jump in diagnosis seen these past few years.
In the course of one decade more children than ever are being given a label. But why? Even if we've gotten better at catching the early warning signs, why have we seen such a dramatic jump? Is it all of the chemicals in our environment, as some say? All of the toxins in our diets? Maybe it is the medications they were taking?
Some people are adamant that vaccines are the cause for many disabilities, especially autism. While it has been shown through testing on monkeys and other animals that mercury can sometimes negatively affect a developing brain, there is not enough conclusive evidence to support the idea that vaccinations are a cause for the increase in learning disabilities diagnosed.
A disturbing fact is that today some diagnoses are considered "trendy". Though I am studying psychology I have no idea what could be going on in a parent's mind to let them have their child labeled with something they don't have.
Some children are also diagnosed because they are not receiving adequate education, so compared to more educated peers they appear to have a handicap. Some children are just plan lazy and don't try to pay attention. The sad thing is some of these kids will be diagnosed with learning disabilities such as ADD, when they are actually just bored out of their minds.