Parents of Manatee County school children, beware!
Mary Ruiz, CEO of Manatee Glens, wants to have mental health screenings for all students. I say no.
These screenings are ineffective, time consuming and costly as proven by the "teen screen" program of a few years ago.
Dr. Diana Greene, deputy superintendent of instruction of Manatee County schools, has the right idea. She wants to instruct counselors and teachers to look for aberrant behavior in students that may need further evaluation.
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The teacher can call the parent in, discuss the student's behavior and recommend the parent take the child to a pediatrician or child psychologist for testing and evaluation.
Parents need to be in charge of whom their child sees for testing and evaluation, not some "one size fits all" screening done in the classroom.