“I don’t want to label my child. It’s dehumanizing. It puts limits on her. It skews how people see her. A label reduces her to a set of symptoms or misbehaviours!”
Well, yes and no.
We don’t mind certain labels. Gifted. Pretty. Advanced for his age. Team Captain. Gold Medalist. We love those labels because… well, those are good things.
So perhaps we don’t want our child or ourselves, or anyone for that matter, to be labeled as ADHD or ADD because, well, because of what we think the label means. Perhaps our resistance and resentment says more about our own view than on what others will think.
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