Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 14: Terminology in neurodevelopmental disability (ebook)


Chapter 14 of the book – Terminology in neurodevelopmental disability: is using stigmatizing language harmful?

It might seem unusual to include a chapter on language and terminology in a discussion of ethical issues in childhood disability. However, the way we talk reflects the way we think and at times clinicians may fail to think about the meaning and impact of our words. Drawing on an extensive personal narrative, Samson-Fang probes the use of words and explores issues of stereotyping and stigma – issues she believes should be front of mind for professionals working in neurodevelopmental disability.

About the complete book

Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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