In their book, “The Child with Special Needs,” Geenspan and Wieder draw upon 20 years experience of working and researching special needs children to advise against a simplistic approach to labelling children, ADD, PDD, PDDNOS, autistic, etc.
For example, a child may be labeled as autistic because he has difficulty relating to others, yet his underlying problems may be more specific and involve difficulty in processing auditory information and a severe over reactivity to sound. As a result of these challenges, the speech of people around him is confusing and assaulting, making him physically and emotionally uncomfortable. To protect himself, the child withdraws and becomes aimless, earning the diagnosis of autism. Continue reading