Special needs children are children who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental or psychological.
It is a legal term applying in foster care in the United States Children with special needs may have :
- Mild or Severe Learning Disabilities
- Food Allergies or Terminal Illness
- Developmental Delays that catch up quickly or Remain Entrenched
- Occasional Panic Attacks or Serious Psychiatric Problems.
These children need special care and attention and still should not be treated as less deserving or as a special category. There are certain things that need to be taken care of while dealing with special kids.
- They have special wants and needs.
- They require significant additional educational, medical/health and social/environmental support — beyond that required by children in general — to enhance or improve their health, development, learning, quality of life, participation and community inclusion.
- These children should not feel left out and at home.
Some people treat special children differently, by ill treating them; this thought process of the people need to be changed. They need to understand that a child is a gift from God and should not be looked down upon.
There are special schools that help to develop these kids. There are special teachers appointed for them. These schools take care of these kids and help in their growth and development. When a child is diagnosed with a disability or identified as at risk for developmental delay, parents and other family members are understandably anxious. These parents need to accept these kids and help them to be happy always.
Developmental disabilities are some of the most devastating for a family to deal with, changing visions of the future and providing immediate difficulties in caring for and educating a child. Diagnoses like autism, Down’s syndrome and intellectual disabilities often cause children to be removed from the mainstream, and parents must be fierce advocates to make sure their children receive the services, therapy, schooling and inclusion they need and deserve.
Although every special-needs child is different and every family is unique, there are some common concerns that link parents of challenged kids, including getting appropriate care and accommodations; promoting acceptance in the extended family, school and community; planning for an uncertain future; and adjusting routines and expectations. Parents of children with special needs are often more flexible, compassionate, stubborn and resilient than other parents.