McConnell quoted on importance of not defining children by their diagnosis
Educational Psychology Professor Scott McConnell was quoted in a recent Star Tribune article by Tiffany Gee Lewis. The article, "Getting Past Labeling Kids," addressed the importance of not using a diagnosis as a child's defining characteristic.
"We never want it to be a defining characteristic of the kids, more than any other, like height, hair or skin color," said McConnell, in the article. He added that any diagnosis should be looked at as "just another tool in the box to help parents understand and help their children." It's important to remember, he said, that one child with Asperger's syndrome might behave vastly different from another.