What is in a label? Is it important to give someone a label? Do you need to know what type of hearing loss a child has? Do you need to know that child has Aspergers, Autism, Fragile X, a hearing loss, or is blind?
Many people say labeling kids is overdone and there are not any positive reasons someone would label a child. They say it is only for special ed funding from the government or to make themselves feel better. Others believe that it is vital to label children. They state that it gives the family a sense of understanding for why a child does what he does, how to handle some of the issues that arise, give the child a sense of belonging to a group, allows the child to understand himself, and allows staff at school to know how to help him learn better.
There are no right or wrong answers on this one-what do YOU think is the best -labels or no labels?
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.