Have you noticed that when you search for the term “special needs,” the main focus tends to be typically on autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Those conditions certainly deserve a concentrated focus and increased awareness, but there are so many special needs that extend well beyond those two widely known areas. And there are so many parents with children who are sincerely desperate for information and support for their child’s specific special needs.
Remember, autism was not always widely known; it was through the huge effort of the many moms and dads, doctors and teachers, researchers and advocates, who stood up and demanded that more research be done, more money be allocated for, and more information become available for children with autism.
The same needs to be done for the many diseases, conditions, and afflictions of all children so every child can get the services, treatment, and accommodations necessary for her particular circumstance.
What is a special need?
A special need is required when a diagnosis in a child requires special assistance in order to help that child be the best she can be, physically, mentally, and emotionally. There are medical issues (chronic and congenital), developmental delays, behavioral issues, mental issues, and more. It is impossible to list all, but here are just some special-need conditions (some you may not have heard of) that warrant treatment and services at home, in school, and beyond: