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What does it mean for a child to have special needs?

A child with special needs may struggle in one or more domains and require some level of specific, individualized attention.


That could mean, for example, a serious developmental disorder such as autism or Down’s Syndrome. It could mean a serious emotional problem such as bipolar disorder, depression, or severe anxiety. The problem could manifest in the academic, social, emotional, or behavioral aspects of an individual’s life.


A child could have a learning disability that interferes with the way he/she learns; visual, auditory, or some other sensory difficulties that impede the child’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis; motor issues; inability to understand social cues and appropriately engage in social interactions; aggression and acting out issues; or a physical handicap that impairs his/her ability to perform basic daily living tasks. Every child is unique and could have one or a combination of the above-described conditions. These are just some examples.

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