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Monday, April 26, 2004
Is this the new "Special"?
Newsweek is noting a new trend in pediatric psychology--instead of giving kids with mild to moderate sensory/emotional disorders the label of "Aspberger's Syndrome" or "autism spectrum disorder", doctors are now calling these kids "quirky" or "eccentric" in order to prevent these kids from being even more stigmatized. Unfortunately, prepubescent children have little empathy or tolerance but are quick to pick up on what euphemisms really mean. I predict "quirky" will be used as a schoolyard insult before the end of the decade.

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