I think we are agreeing on the big ideas, but simply choose to call them different things. I "label" my cousin so I know what he needs. So I can get an idea of where he's coming from. I don't work with special needs kids, I have no background on that. As you said, it's a starting point. He doesn't need special treatment, because he has parents who don't want to change who he is - they've simply accommodated for his abilities, and he has quite an extensive number of abilities. But I definitely have other family members who actively avoid him because he's "weird." I believe that's a shame. And as long as we learn to accept him, by whatever means possible, isn't that the most important part? I had to label myself as an introvert to fully accept that part of my personality. It's like, "Okay, it has a name, it's a thing, I can go somewhere with this." I think that's just the way I approach it. But I certainly don't explain my entire personality through being an introvert, just as I'm sure those Asperger-like quirks don't explain the entirety of my cousin's personality. They're all just starting points.