Children can be cruel to those kids who operate outside the norm, and labeling may call attention those kids. But as children become more world-wise at earlier ages, this may pass, and tolerance come to be the norm. The larger problem tends to be with intolerant adults.
Learning disabled is a relatively new label, and there are, sadly, old school educators who refuse to adapt new teaching methods to accommodate LD children.
The Pros of Labeling is that it brings funding to the educational programs and brings in supports that are needed for the children to be successful. However, the cons are that is draws attention to the children and labels them as Special Education and as we all students can be cruel to one another.
Characteristics of Autism
Autism is a Developmental Disability which significantly affects the verbal and non-verbal communication. It is the social interaction which is generally quite evident before the age of 3. It adversely affects a child’s educational performance and other characteristics as they engage in repetitive activities, stereotyped movements. Children who have Autism are resistant to environmental changes, changes in daily routines, and any unusual responses to sensory experiences.
It has been shown that any child who shows the characteristics of Autism after the age of 3 could be diagnosed as having Autism if the criteria above are satisfied. (Nichcy.org/Disabilities)
It is also known that Autism is a Neurological Disorder which affects the child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others. They share some of the following characteristics which vary from mild to severe: