Referring to the article (TodayOnline, 4 October 2018) on how labelling a child with invisible special needs can help with better understanding and seeking help, I totally agree on how important labelling helps.
As much as I dislike labelling, I find that if a child is identified correctly with the right label, the issue can be dealt with more effectively.
During my Abnormal Psychology class, I learnt that there are some symptoms which are just a thin, fine line of difference. Take bulimia and anorexia for example. I remembered how I defended a case study in class that the symptoms displayed were bulimia whilst my learned classmate sitting beside me argued it was anorexia. We had a good banter going through the symptoms and defending what we believed was the label. In the end it was bulimia. Though these 2 disorders are labelled as eating disorders with pretty much similar symptoms, the treatment can be slightly different.
Just like neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD and ADD, there's a thin fine line between these two. The difference is in the "hyperactivity". The treatment can be different too. For example, is Ritalin or Concerta needed for the client to control the behavior?
The difficulty comes when parents do not get a diagnosis, or failed to get a proper diagnosis, from a professional. When a child with learning difficulties is not identified with the issue easily or correctly, it can inhibit the learning progress of the child. Take dyslexia for example, the signals get picked up around 7 or 8 years old when the child is more proficient in reading and writing and enters primary school.
However, this is also the most challenging period of time as the child goes through a whole roller coaster of changes in their academic lives. If the child is labelled at the right time, intervention can take place faster so as to help the child cope more easily in school.
A label need not be stigmatized to be something negative, as I believe that we are now heading towards a society of acceptance and integration.
The label not only helps the child and parents to understand what is needed to be done to help the child progress in his life and studies, it also helps the public have more understanding on how to interact with the person with that label.
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