Labelling or Classifying

Children With Developmental Challenges 3(2+1)

Lesson 3 : Prevelence of Disabilities in Children

Labelling or Classifying


  1. Categories can relate diagnosis to specific treatment
  2. Labeling helps make the special needs of exceptional children more visible in the public eye
  3. Labelling helps professionals to communicate with one another and to classify and assess research findings.
  4. To promote specific programmes and spur legislative action


  • The focus is on negative aspects of the child causing others to think only in terms of inadequacies and defects.
  • Labeled child may develop a poor self concept.
  • Peers might reject or ridicule the labeled child.
  • Labels tend to keep them out of the regular class room.
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