These classifications can be necessary to receive adequate care. On the other hand, there is societal disquiet about the increase in the prevalence of such labels. Parents, schools and professional care-givers have more and more questions about the effects of a label on a child’s self-image, and on the way their family, peers and others approach them.
Furthermore, labels are not specific enough to help create an environment optimally adapted to an individual child’s needs. The question remains whether labels are necessary and desirable; and if not, what a better approach to charting individual problems and needs might be. Our starting point here is that more attention should be given to the possibilities and competences of the child, their family and the environment.
This project aims to unite all expertise within Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht in the areas of child development and developmental disorders. We will integrate our knowledge to investigate the effect of labels on children and their environments, together with societal and campus partners. Furthermore, we aim to develop a more comprehensive way to represent diagnostic results in relation to the personal situation, in order to be able to offer more targeted treatments.