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Discussion Board: Labeling and Children

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1. As you’ve read about childhood, you may notice that the process of diagnosing and labeling children is changing. For example, you can look at the campaign to get rid of the ‘R word’ (retardation) by going to https://www.spreadtheword.global/about . Read about the controversy over using diagnostic labels that either rigidly categorize and/or stigmatize children. (Please read before responding to this discussion board.) Also read this the information at this link to expand your knowledge of the scope of labeling: https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/loser-how-labels-stick-to-your-child-and-affect-behavior/

2. Both labels of autism and fetal alcohol syndrome have now been replaced with “autism spectrum disorders” and “fetal alcohol spectrum disorders”, respectively. Why do you think these changes occurred? What impact does labeling a child with a diagnosis have on that child? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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