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Labelling special needs kidswhat are the advantages and the disadvantages of labelling...

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mimi101 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 17, 2013 at 2:56 AM via web

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Labelling special needs kids

what are the advantages and the disadvantages of labelling your students?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:29 AM (Answer #2)

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I would say that the main advantage is that you can then get the special needs students the kind of help they need.  The major disadvantage is that you risk them being perceived negatively.  You risk having the other kids look down on them and stigmatize them.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:24 PM (Answer #3)

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Labeling can help others know what to do and how to help special needs children.  For instance, a child might become known as a trouble maker or be punished for something that they cannot control.  A special needs child might act out differently or be unable to complete certain tasks.  If the child has been diagnosed and labeled, the teacher (or other authority figures) would know how to manage the child in a more appropriate way.  The danger is that the child will not rise to their full potential because some teachers and authority figures are too lax in their expectations.  It is unfair to expect a special needs child to perform a task they cannot complete, but it is equally damaging to have no expectations or too low expectations.

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