Tania Melnyczuk

Concepts

We make choices based on our understanding of concepts. My Concepts posts deal with abstract and complex concepts and with the axioms, tenets, paradigms, principles and values enmeshed with, derived from and inherent to them. 

“Let’s not label the child”

“Let’s not label the child”

“I don’t think it’s a good thing to always label a child,” they say; and, “Labels are for soupcans.”

And similar clichés.

They say this confidently, smilingly, in front of a panel of actual autistic people who have learned at last to wear their ‘autism’ label with fierce and comforting pride.

What do they mean? Why do they say this? What’s the premise, the backstory, the whole message?

“Let’s not label the child. Let’s just continue to stigmatise the label so that nobody will be granted that label and therefore nobody will need support. Because without the label, the condition doesn’t exist and if the condition doesn’t exist, the support isn’t needed.”

Did I get it?

Do’s and don’ts

A teacher recently asked, "What do's and dont's would help teachers and others be able to help autistic children the most?" Here's my reply: Start with your paradigm of humans, humanity, society and autistic humans. Everything else flows from there. What do you...

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